The villa and garden were built in the mid 1500’s for Cardinal Gambara and designed by Vignola and fountain designer, Tommaso Ghinucci.
What I like about it is the scale, and the way the garden progresses from a wild and natural hunting bosque to a formal geometric garden. This progression from rough and natural landscape to highly ordered garden still applies to spaces we design today, where people seek a range of outdoor experiences and contemplate man and nature. The pavilions feature colorful murals with elaborate symbols honoring key renaissance families. This garden provides a strong historic reference when designing larger private residences, parks, and campus spaces. Compared to other renaissance gardens, this one is relatively small which adds to its charm.
Do you have a favorite landscape that inspires you for your current projects, either historic or contemporary?