Certainly, both these gardens are about exaggeration in composition. They also have many expected landscape features in common but they are poles apart in character.
|View from Villa Lante|
|The Sacro Bosco|
Villa Lante is an open stage. The prevailing sense is of organisation. Strict patterns of terraces and pathway network convey a measured crispness. The proportions are perfect and confident. Here there is no sense of playing with scale – all is correct – although surprises and excitement are ensured too. So a garden for promenading and for ‘la passeggiata’, for ambassadors, dukes and hostesses with grandeur and largesse but also maybe a hidden sense of secrecy and the potential for voyeurism.
|The Pegasus Fountain, Villa Lante|
|A view through the Pegasus Fountain building|