This striped top was a lifesaver in the heat while Claudio and I were exploring Tivoli. The second part of the day was spent in Villa D’Este. I love seeing the tile work in old villas! There are always different colors in patterns throughout the different rooms. There is something about tiles that stand the test of time and can give you a glimpse of what a place was like in it’s prime.
I hope you enjoyed seeing the first part of Tivoli and now onto the latter part of our day, Villa D’Este, situated on a hill overlooking the valley below. Villa D’Este is famous for its’ variety of fountains and it is also apart of the UNESCO World Heritage List. The villa was originally Cardinal Ippolito II D’Este’s residence (1550!) and he wanted to recreate the courts of long ago. The villa has a beautiful history and was brought back to life after World War I when it became apart of the Italian State.
As you know, the day was sweltering but being in the gardens of Villa D’Este, you felt cool due to all of the cold water coming from the fountains. There were several small fountains that you could use to fill up your water bottles with the most refreshing water! Each fountain was breath-taking and unique in it’s own way. Claudio and I did not spend much time inside the villa itself because there was not much relief from the heat. Sadly the villa closes around the time of sunset so we cannot see what it looks like at night, which I would love to! As much as I would love to come back to see inside the villa more, I doubt I will because there are so many other places to discover that surround Rome.
Speaking of places to discover, Claudio’s vacation starts Friday and we are off to the coast for a couple of days! I cannot wait to be on a beach and discover different beach towns! Stay tuned.