Horace

Villa Vetti

An Ancient Roman Villa – A Cultural Ideal of Rural Life Pt 1

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Roman commentator Pliny the Elder recorded two kinds of villas: villa urbana, a country seat easily reached from Rome and villa rustica, the farm-house estate

Villa San Michelle Garden

The Alchemy of Staying Well – In a Renaissance Garden

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When in 1563 Humanist Poet Annibal Caro retired into private life, to alternate between Rome and the countryside, he said ‘I seem to have found the alchemy of staying well’