Title: Italian gardens
Year: 1907 (1900s)
Authors: Elgood, George Samuel, 1851-
Publisher: London, New York, Bombay & Calcutta : Longmans, Green and Co.
Contributing Library: Cornell University Library
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN
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at Marino, or atAlbano that the Romans are in the habit of spending the autumn season,in order to escape from the vitiated atmosphere of the city, and to breathethe pure air of the mountains. On the outskirts of Frascati, to the right of the high road that leadsto Marino and Rocca di Papa, is the entrance to the Villa Conti; a villathat appears to have suffered less from the innovations of fashion or thedevastating hand of Time than perhaps any other. The principal alterations took place during the first hundred years ofits existence ; since then it has remained almost unchanged. This maybe seen by reference to the drawings and birds-eye views which weremade by Falda, Matteo Greuter, Blaeu, and Rossi during the first half ofthe seventeenth century. These show the palace with the fountain andprojecting terrace in front of it, the cascade or cascatella, and the greatfountain-reservoir as they are now. But the beautiful series of stairwayson a line with the palace had yet to be built. 66
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The ground between the present carriage way and the foot of thecascade, now occupied by boschetti of ilex, then sloped steeply and was onlyslightly terraced. The gardens were laid out in rectangular plots withfountains, statues, and terminal figures ; while in the centre of the uppersection was a circular arbour or cabinet, which probably sheltered afountain, a device commonly used by the older gardeners. At the footof the cascade were two shallow terraces protected by balustrades, and allseems to have been of the simplest order, as was usual in the earliergardens. Shortly afterwards, however, Domenico Fontana, a brother ofGiovanni, appears upon the scene. At his suggestion the ground wasexcavated and brought up to a level with the first floor, the piano nobile,at the rear of the palace. The terrace wall, with its accompanyingniches and fountains, was built below the cascade, and probably to thesame period belongs the magnificent series of stairways arranged to maskthe great terrace w
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