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.
By Katie Parla, AFAR Local Expert
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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...
Piazza Trento, 5, 00019 Tivoli RM, Italy
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