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Villa D'Este Lake Como

Villa D'Este

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The Villa d'Este is now a famous hotel overlooking Lake Como, which was built in 1568 by Tolomeo Gallio, the son of a local family, who became one of the most famous and wealthy Cardinals in the region.  This was his summer residence.  It has only been known as Villa D'Este since 1815.  

Much of the 16th-century villa has been lost, but the graceful nymphaeum, with its twin pavilions decorated with mosaics, remains and it is truly beautiful.

The mosaic works were designed by the villa's architect Pellegrino di Tibaldo who usually placed it to the side of the villa.  At the time when the villa was accessible only by water, Pellegrini did not want to obstruct the view for visitors arriving at the lake shore: He wanted to give them full sight of his nympaheum, and beyond it the Renaissance water staircase. 


 

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