This splendid and magnificent Baroque Italian garden is one of the most famous and best-preserved examples in Italy. It was built over several different periods but it is has nevertheless, maintained its coherence.
It is constructed in the form of a pyramid that ends
in a huge statue of a Unicorn ridden by Love. The
garden is laid out over ten terraces that descend
gradually, and it is adorned with basins, fountains,
architectural perspectives, and a multitude of statues
dating from the second half of the seventeenth century,
which represent the personification of rivers, seasons
Many of these "rooms" are bordered by walls and balustrades
on which, to this day, it is still possible to see
where the jets of water, fountains, small waterfalls
and plays of water gushed out. The particularly mild
climate has favoured the growth of a rich variety
of different types of vegetation, all of which have
found their natural habitat here. There are azaleas
and rhododendrons, espaliers of grapefruit and bitter
oranges, orchids and carnivorous plants, and there
is also a large camphor tree, which is over two hundred
years old. During the winter season, the exotic plants
are kept in the nineteenth century greenhouse, which
can also be seen during the visit to the garden.
The garden blooms recurrently from March to September,
which means that it is always charming and full of colour.