Villa D'Este
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A palace fit for an (almost) Pope
When Cardinal Ippolito d'Este narrowly lost the Papal election, he assuaged his frustrations by embellishing a spectacular villa in Tivoli, a village in the hills east of Rome. The villa itself was brilliantly outfitted in 16th century frescoes, while the gardens were the highest achievement of hydraulic engineering for the age.
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Discovering the fountains in at Villa D'Este
From the entrance, the villa looks totally unassuming. But as soon as my fiance and I walked through the gate, we discovered this fountain and promptly had to pick our jaws up off the ground...
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