VILLAS & GARDENS
There are so many wonderful palaces and great estates with beautiful gardens in Italy that one could never see them all. The words palace and villa, have different connotations in Italy where they originated.
The latin word Palatium was originally to denote the residences of popes and kings and then evolved to describe the houses of the people in power in the smaller Italian states, resulting in that now the Italian word Palazzo is used to describe any large building or block of flats or offices.
In medieval times, the word ?Villa?came to signify a country estate with either a castle or a palatial country house, surrounded by magnificent gardens. In modern times now, a villa can be an ordinary house which has an attached garden, as distinct from a flat or apartment without a garden.
Below are a few of the great Estates in Italy and those with the most magnificent gardens which I consider worth visiting for lovers of fine architecture, marble palaces and grandeur gardens.
Italy is the home of formal gardens, manecured hedges, topiary trees and sculptured plants, as distinct from the more floral displays found the English garden estates.
Great Gardens of Italy
Castles in Italy
Magnificent Villas in Italy