The lord of the garden

The lord of the garden: The remains of the main castle of the Garden of Ninfa, with its central tower. Italy.

Standing out against the many ruins of the Garden of Ninfa, with its 32m tall central towers, the main castle is definitely a majestic presence and an amazing sight. What impresses me the most are the see-thru bilobed windows, that make you realize that the entire castle is almost a “skeleton”. Its imposing shape has been conquered by creepers and blooming bushes which, in my opinion, make this ruin even more fascinating.

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Blooming life

Blooming life: Lilac Wisteria hangs over the crystal clear river, emerald colored by the many underwater plants. Italy.

The Garden of Ninfa is incredibly rich of plants varieties, thanks to accurate work of the Caetani family. There are more than 1500 different species which grow in a perfect microclimate offered by that corner of Agro Pontino. The best period to enjoy the great variety of flowers is between April and May: you’ll be amazed by the blaze of colors and by the many spots and glimpses that the garden offers.
Here you can see a beautiful Wisteria which hangs just over the crystal clear and tranquil water of the river Ninfa, emerald colored by the many underwater plants.

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Camera: Pentax K-3
Lens: HD DA 20-40mm F2.8-4 Limited DC WR
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Shutter time: 1/25 s
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The river of time

The river of time: A glimpse on the timeless atmosphere of the Garden of Ninfa. Italy.

A glimpse on the timeless atmosphere of the Garden of Ninfa, during the period of the year in which it shows its most magical side.

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Shutter time: 1/30 s
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Forgotten heaven

Forgotten heaven: The placid river Ninfa flows under an ancient bridge, in the Garden of Ninfa. Italy.

One of the most scenic views you can enjoy in the Garden of Ninfa is in the area of the small river, whose sides are plentifully populated by many species of luxuriant plants and flowers. The ruins of a stone bridge is the sign of an ancient time, when the inhabitants of Ninfa were dwelling in this place. Now those signs belong to nature, that flourishes undisturbed.

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Camera: Pentax K-3
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Focal lenght: 40mm
Shutter time: 1/50 s
Aperture: F/6.3
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Bell tower

Bell tower: The remains of the bell tower of one of the seven churches in the Garden of Ninfa. Italy.

The most important (and evident) peculiarity of the Garden of Ninfa is that it grows among the ruins of an ancient town, that dates back to the age of the Roman Empire. For this reason, during your visit to the garden you’ll see many scenes like this, in which the ancient ruins stand out against the plants.
This is the bell tower of one the seven churches of Ninfa.

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Camera: Pentax K-3
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Focal lenght: 23mm
Shutter time: 1/400 s
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Horti Nympharum

Horti Nympharum: The gate that leads to the Hortus Conclusus, an inner area inside the Garden of Ninfa. Italy.

Welcome to the Garden of Ninfa! To be precise, this is an inner part of the garden, called Horti Nympharum or Hortus Conclusus: the travertine arch, which is decorated with the symbol of the ancient family Caetani, is part of the ruins that make the Garden of Ninfa a unique place in the world.

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Camera: Pentax K-3
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Focal lenght: 29mm
Shutter time: 1%0 s
Aperture: F/7.1
Sensitivity: ISO200

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The Water Nymph

The Water Nymph is one of the many encounters you can have in the garden of Villa d’Este, in Tivoli.

Being part of a bigger fountain, this figure catches the eyes as you walk closer: her gentle face sticks out of a wall of creeper plants, smiling to you. Holding an amphora that’s completely hidden by the leaves, the nymph pours a stream of fresh water inside the main basin of the fountain, keeping it full and nourishing your spirit at the same time with a sense of peace and harmony with nature. Lingering a minute on this statue makes you feel like you’re in a forest and you’ve came upon a sylvan for real: everything is so immersive, peaceful and intimate at the same time.

The Water nymph is just one of the many encounters you can have in the wondrous garden of Villa d’Este: be prepared to meet many creatures, like owls, tritons, nereids, pegasi and even the mythical figures of Romulus and Remus.

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The Queen of the fountains

This is the Oval fountain, called by me the “Queen of the fountains” because is one of the firsts of the garden of Villa d’Este and because of its unique characteristics.

The main traits of the fountain are a giant oval basin, behind which the beautiful Grotto of Venus follows the shape of the fountain creating a magical path that looks to the outside through many arches covered with vibrant green creeping plants.

Above the main basin there’s another one that cascades water and looks at the same time like a pedestal for the central statue of Sibyl Albunesa. At the sides of that imposing statue another walkway, as a balcony, provides a raised view on part of the garden.

When I had the chance to visit Villa d’Este during a nighttime light-up, the beauty of the “Queen of the fountains” was emphasized by the lights and the colors of the water jets and of the plants were amazingly vibrant.

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Abbey cellar

In the area known as “Crete senesi”, in Tuscany, there’s an ancient abbey named Monte Oliveto Maggiore. There I’ve found a beautiful wine cellar, used in the past by the Benedictine monks to produce a nice red wine. Now the cellar has been partially renovated, but it mantains the most of its amazing atmosphere, as well as some really old casks.

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Canon missae

Canon missae, a Roman Missal in an ancient italian medieval cellar. In the christian sacrament of eucharist, through the transubstantiation, the wine becomes the holy blood of Christ. Wine is not only a delicious popular and fine beverage, result of centuries of knowledge and dedication, but also an important symbol for many people.

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