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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deep-green moss, produce an effect of the densest shadeconceivable and exceedingly grateful on a warm summers day. Passingthrough this wood a covered bridge is reached that spans a little ravine,above which on the steep terraced bank lies the palace. Immediately beyond the bridge, the path turns sharply to the leftoverlooking a long terrace of irregular shape, upon which has beenconstructed a labyrinth ; not on an extensive scale, but so ingeniouslyplanned, that, were it not for the meagreness of the hedges, you mightexperience a little difficulty in finding your way to the central cabinetof verdure and its pleasant group of shady trees. The labyrinth or maze, which was such a favourite device with thenorthern nations, does not seem as a rule to have been included in thescheme of the earlier Italian gardens, possibly because it has so littlepictorial value. Those referred to by the older writers as existing in theRoman gardens were in all probability merely a section of the garden 122
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which contained a somewhat complex arrangement of box, or, a boscolaid out with intricate alleys and cabinets^ after the fashion so commonlater in France and England. There is no doubt that this was the casein some gardens. North of Florence, however, especially in villas oflater date, labyrinths are not uncommon, and good examples are still tobe seen both at Stra and Castellazzo. From the maze a long staircase,broken only by an occasional landing-place, leads up to the palace, closebeneath the walls of which is a little giardino segreto enclosed by abalustrade and decorated with busts. Across one end of this is a wellrpreserved aviary, so placed as to be readily accessible from the house. Returning once more to the second terrace, you find a charminglittle open-air theatre, which is set back in a recess in the bosco and isentirely overshadowed by trees. The stage, which is turfed over, israised about two feet above the terrace, and is encircled by box-treesclipped in quaint shapes wh
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