Worth doing…

July 24, 2012 / Places
Tivoli, Lazio

Penny’s great note about the gardens and fountains of Villa d’Este in Tivoli did just go out recently. Yet here’s another one of the same gardens and the same fountains (although this time at night).

It happened quite unintentionally, really. With the primary reason for heading up to cool Tivoli satisfied (it’s been HOT in Rome!), and notices in the papers and around town encouraging people to make the trip for the special “July and August only, Friday and Saturday, 8 pm to midnight” opening hours this year, it was a no brainer.

But two notes, almost back to back, on the same topic? As a good friend once said… if it’s worth doing, it’s worth overdoing.

Many thanks to Pawel Osiczko for these incredible photos.


by GB Bernardini

Editor, Italian Notebook

21 Responses to “Worth doing…”

  1. William Strangio

    I have visited Villa d’Este about six times during the day.
    However seeing it at night is certainly is another aspect
    that can be enjoyed!

  2. Fabulous, I have never done this, and it sure looks like worth doing! Especially in the evening…wow. Thanks!

  3. Dan Johnson

    When in Italy I was impressed by the investment made in night lighting of various structures. These photos make just such a statement with magnificent results.

  4. Deb Jacobs

    I’ve walked under that beautiful fountain..wow 23 years ago.

  5. so lovely, graze per aver’condiviso.
    ora, aumenta la nostalgia…

  6. Leslie Flippo

    Never tire of seing this beautiful place. These pictures make me want to “go back”.

  7. Lucille Sanfilippo Ponte

    My husband and I visited the Villa 37 years ago and seeing these pictures brought back some sweet memories. He passed away in 2006 but we talked of those glorious days in Italy often. Thank you for refreshing my memory.

  8. Joe Doyle

    Wonderful visit to combine with nearby hadrian’s summer villa

  9. Joan Schmelzle

    Wonderful pictures. I remember visiting at night in, I believe 1972, my second trip to Rome. For many years when I had to travel in the summer, the night tour was not available. Now that it is again, I am a confirmed late fall and winter traveler so will miss it. But I remember how impressed my friend and I were, and these pictures bring it all back.
    Thanks so much

  10. Allan Mahnke

    Alas! We are going back to the Villa in October, but obviously won’t be able to see the fountains at night. Thanks for letting us at least enjoy them through these photos!

  11. Penny Ewles-Bergeron
    Penny Ewles-Bergeron

    A belated Grazie GB for this wonderful set of photographs by Pawel Osiczko. A daytime trip is magical but at night time I can see a whole other dimension opens up. What wonders!

  12. Stanley Crabb

    During the 26 years or so we lived in Rome, Tivoli was an absolute MUST SEE during Summer evenings. What a place! Patsy and I found ourselves almost wishing we, too, had been on our honeymoon, as many who visit the place each year, but Tivoli’s Fountains’ beauty is almost surpassed by the awesomeness of the silence beyond the rushing waters, a silence amidst the forcefulness of the rushing fountains. Truly awe-inspiring, as is God’s silent Presence midst the turmoil and din of everyday traffic and life in Rome. What a wonderful Gift to Humanity is this Treasure, built by a Cardinal whose Palace it was. May He be honored by the millions who admire and enjoy his work. By the way, though night views are the best, try to visit Tivoli by day; carry a simple picnic lunch and sit out there under those centuries-old and incredibly tall trees!! WOW!!

  13. Diane Giannotti

    Magnificient! I’ve been there during hte day, but the evenings are just spectacular. Thank you for the beautiful photos.


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