The lower gardens

The gardens designed by Vignola and completed in 1583, finalised the transformation of the fortress into the villa and, like secret gardens, are enclosed by a high wall. At the back of the Palace there are two gardens that are accessed from the ‘piano nobile’. The Winter and the Summer Gardens can be reached via bridges, originally mobile, spanning the moat. In the Winter garden there is the spectacular Fountain of the Tartars, while in the Summer garden you can find the Fountain of the Satyrs. Both gardens are neatly divided into 16 panels by hedges. Of particular interest are the four granite statues of Hore which, placed at the end of the bridges that connect the gardens to the palace, act as sundials.


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