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Hortus Romam 4 - Villa Farnese

By Ozhene @papaver
Villa Farnese, aka Villa Caprarolo I think was about thirty minutes or so from Villa Lante, to be honest we were all talking (hard to imagine I know) so I was not hugely paying attention.  One of the joys of this holiday was being a passenger and not having to think about driving at all.
The Villa itself is decorated with the most incredible wall paintings.  You might think you have seen wall paintings before, but this mansion takes you to another level.  We spent a good hour just staring at walls and ceilings.
Hortus Romam 4 - Villa Farnese This is just a glimpse of how amazing it is inside.
Hortus Romam 4 - Villa Farnese The gardens near the mansion felt calmer, greener than they had at Lante.
Hortus Romam 4 - Villa Farnese There the similar topiary/knot garden elements at the front, but the calm space was what I felt Lante was missing.  We did not see the equivalent there.
The gardens are very steep and you go for quite a long walk through the woods.
Hortus Romam 4 - Villa Farnese You arrive to find statues standing guard.
Hortus Romam 4 - Villa Farnese There is also the formality we had grown used to seeing.
Hortus Romam 4 - Villa Farnese and lots of water.
Hortus Romam 4 - Villa Farnese dolphins lined the stairs,
Hortus Romam 4 - Villa Farnese and horses spouted water.
Hortus Romam 4 - Villa Farnese There was the large grotto at the top of the cascade,
Hortus Romam 4 - Villa Farnese and the cascade itself which was very similar to the one at Lante but just a little more fancy, the chains just had a little more detail as they were dolphins and fish, not just scrolls.
Hortus Romam 4 - Villa Farnese We even found a grotto of devils, tucked away.  These grottos are a feature of these gardens and as we walked around we realised how much these gardens when visited as part of the Grand Tour had influenced our own grand gardens.  In particular I thought about the grotto at Calke Abbey, which has been fairly recently restored and seeing these ones in Italy made me realize what they were trying to achieve.
Hortus Romam 4 - Villa Farnese Did I mention the views?
Hortus Romam 1 - Rome
Hortus Romam 2 - Villa Adriana
Hortus Romam 3 - Villa Lante
Hortus Romam 5 - Villa D'Este

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