Sunday, October 12, 2008
It lies atop a hill about 60 miles north of Rome where a gentleman-cardinal built a garden in the 16th century. His architects created it from water and stone, green leaves and vine. But the result is more than the sum of its parts. Villa Lante embodies the humanist ideals of the Italian Renaissance. Villa Lante, located in Bagnaia near Rome, unites flawless geometry and fantastical water features and landscaping to tell the tale of mankind’s taming of nature.