The Garden Guide

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

North Italian Gardens

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107. There are various gardens pointed out to strangers as English (veramente Inglese) at Verona, Vicenza, Brescia, Porta, &c.; and Bonaparte caused a small public garden to be made in Venice. �In many of the villas on the Lake of Como,� Wilson observes, �it is most delightful to behold lofty crags frowning over the highly cultivated gardens; with hot-houses of exotic plants, neat terraces, and ornamental summer-houses, subduing the natural wildness of the situation.� The Villa Pliniana, on the Lake of Como. belongs to the Marquess Carnarisi, and contains a room so constructed as to command a view of the intermittent fountain spoken of by Pliny in his letter to Licinius. (Duppa's undergone any material alteration since his time. It is pleasantly situated among the Enganean hills, in a picturesque village about ten miles from Padua. (Duppa's Obs., p. 162.) Observations, &c., p. 113.)