Villa Lante – hydraulics engineering to delight

Villa Lante is one of the earliest and unique garden designs in Italy. It is built on a wooded slope in the 16th century. The initial designer was Italian architect Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola. The water designs were created by hydraulics engineer and architect Tommaso Ghinucci. Pirro Ligorio also contributed to the designs. A maze of shrubbery, statues and water was created at the bottom with a geometric design. Two 16th century casinis, built by different owners 30 years apart, one in Romanesque style and the other baroque. The gardens are built on levels and designed to delight guests outdoors, and includes a dining table with water handy. Visitors begin at the lower level, and ascend level to level, finally to a grotto at the top.

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