10 Italian Gardens not to miss

Italy again – the copy below first appeared in IntoGardens, the on-line gardening app.  It gives a quick overview of 10 gardens in Italy that I love. Five are very old and five are from the 20th century. Villa d’Este a Tivoli, Lazio: Ippolito (Hercules to you and me) d’Este, son of Lucrezia Borgia and…

Il Sacro Bosco. The Garden of Dreams.

Il Sacro Bosco is a wierd and perplexing garden set in a ravine below the town of Bomarzo in the Sabine Hills.  The Orsini palace, scowling above, is built on an outcrop of tufa,  the local volcanic rock.  Below it, hidden in a fold of the land,  a collection of giant statues carved out of…