Tivoli’s Villa d’Este in Italy

 In Europe

I found my new home in November 2007. It was a quaint little spot; a few bedrooms, a library, a chapel. Oh yes, it would suit my needs just fine.

Tucked at the top of the hill town of Tivoli, just a short bus ride outside of Rome, sits the UNESCO world heritage site Villa d’Este. This brilliant example of Italian renaissance architecture and garden design was once home to Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este, who had been appointed the governor of Tivoli by Pope Julius III.

The cardinal renovated the original structure in the 1500s. He did a wonderful job of it. I really don’t think there is anything I would have changed. Sure the use of modern-day plumbing definitely perked up the place, but other than that, it was ready for me to move in.

No one could have convinced me to leave. I was in love.

If push came to shove I really didn’t even need the villa, although that was lovely and I would certainly take it. What captivated me were the gardens.

The use of water throughout the landscape filled me with a sense of peace. Maybe it was all that white noise created by the rushing waters coming from the fountains; I do sleep better with a sound machine on.

Even in November the gardens were lush and bursting with color. I could just imagine it covered with snow (did they even get snow?) and in full bloom each summer.

Just think of the garden parties you could have in a space like this. Invited guests might get lost and disappear for days.

The world (or the Italian people and UNESCO for that matter) may not be ready to let me own a villa, but if I was ever offered Villa d’Este you can bet I would pack up the family and move in the next day.



Keryn Means
Keryn is the founder and editor-in-chief of Walking on Travels, an award-winning site that gives hope to today’s active parents who don’t want to stop their lives; they simply bring their kids along for the ride. Keryn utilizes her project management background, along with a masters degree in journalism and an undergrad degree in photography to the team to create dynamic content and a vision that keeps up with the latest technology and trends. You can find Keryn dragging her 2 boys around the DC area most days and across the globe several times a year. Follow along on their adventures on Instagram and Pinterest.
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  • Jess @UsedYorkCity

    I went here back in 2009 and also fell in love with it! I’m SO glad we hopped in a cab and headed out for the day from Rome…I have to say it was the most memorable part of that trip. Could you imagine the parties they must have thrown there?!

    Have fun with the kids in Europe!:-)

  • Lisa Wood

    Oh wow – now that is one amazing garden! Not seen anything like that ever 🙂

  • Becca@R We There Yet Mom?

    Oh my goodness -STUNNING!!! Definite place to put on my travel list!

    Thanks for linking up!

  • Sonja

    So often, just when I’ve fallen in love with a palace or castle and think it can’t get any better, I enter the gardens and realize it can.