Tivoli - Villa d'Este
The Villa d'Este is a villa situated at Tivoli, near Rome, Italy. The villa and its wondrous gardens were built from 1570 AD by Cardinal Ippolito d'Este. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, it is a fine example of Renaissance architecture and the Italian Renaissance garden. The masterpiece Italian-style garden, the innovative and tasteful landscaping, the bewildering 500 fountains, water jets and water plays, the troughs and pools, the cascades, the grottoes, the views, made it a world-acclaimed sight, and an early much-copied model for the development of European gardens.