Falling into obscurity during the period of the Renaissance, eventually popes and cardinals came back to the city and built villas impressive enough to rival the original inhabitants of Tivoli.
Villa d-Este is a masterpiece of Italian Gardens built in the 1550's.
|I waited forever for this hallway to be clear of people to take this shot.|
The engineering prowess of ancient Romans using stone and water to build fanciful fountains
are clearly something to be marveled at...even today.
"Photobomb" became a common expression passed among us during our trip to Italy. You know...you have the perfect shot set up and then suddenly someone steps into your photo. Most times we were photobombed by strangers...
but sometimes we photobombed each other!
The fountains truly were marvelous and I stood in awe as I watched the mechanics of the Organ Fountain behind me and the Neptune Fountain below me.
with beauty waiting to be photographed in every direction.
The village was friendly and welcoming in every way.
The big surprise of the day had to be our lunch stop...which Helena kept secret. The restaurant Antiche Terme di Diana was one of the most unique places I've ever had a meal.
The owner discovered the space years ago after feeling a slight breeze coming from a small hole in the wall. After careful excavation...it was determined to be ancient Roman baths...thousands of years old. Respecting the values of the past, the space was slowly renovated and transitioned into today's restaurant room by room.