Villa d’Este

A lot of the marble from Villa Adriana ended up at Villa d’Este, the other place my friends and I visited in Tivoli. In the 1500s, Cardinal d’Este transformed a convent into an elaborate palace for himself. Today the hundreds of fountains in the garden still operate without man-made help—gravity and good old-fashioned engineering (very old!) keep them flowing.

A fountain in the garden. The Romans were always such fantastic eco-friendly engineers. I hope more of their designs become fashionable again.

Random house that I love next to the garden.

Shot from garden.

Statue in Tivoli.

Sarah Mikutel