Since fall has progressed and the trees are already leafless in the New York, I thought I would put up a few of my favorite pictures of Villa Lante. This is one of my favorite gardens in Italy. I have had the opportunity to visit gardens not only throughout the U.S., but throughout many countries.
The garden is composed of two main parts called the barchetto and the parterre. The barchetto is an essential component of the villa, but is left out in later drawings. A barchetto is a labyrinthine which represents free nature, and consists of intersecting random paths. The terraced parterre is composed axially and is very geometric. The slope of terrain is incorporated and formalized in this part of the garden. With a difference in height of 15m, the garden is composed of a series of terraces. Water is a crucial element of design in the garden, and it connects the terraces together to tell a wonderful story.
Check out more information on this garden at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_Lante