The Garden Landscape Guide

Book: History of Garden Design and Gardening
Chapter: Chapter 3: European Gardens (500AD-1850)

Venerie Gardens at Turin

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102. Near Turin, the palace and gardens of Venerie still exist, but are only remarkable for their extent, and for an old orangery nearly six hundred feet in length. The surface of the park is irregular, and the trees are distributed in avenues, alleys, and geometrical figures; the grounds of some of the numerous white villas near the city are romantic, and command extensive prospects; but very few aspire to the character of fine gardens. The Carignano Palace is the most considerable in Turin, and its facade is one of those innumerable instances where architecture has been made subservient to the fashion of the day, after the style of the Borromini, rather than conformable to any principles of good taste. (Duppa's Observations, &c., p. 180.)