The oval fountain, seen from the terrace - Villa-d'Este
Information plaque about the Oval Fountain - Villa-d'Este
The Oval Fountain or Fontana dell'Ovato - Villa-d'Este
The grotto behind the The Oval Fountain and no doubt a good place to play hide and seek in - Villa-d'Este
One of the many stairs in the garden and as you can see the holes underneath the decorative masks that water used to flow out of and along the channels on each side - Villa-d'Este
The Hundred Fountains - there are actually nearly three hundred spouts fed by three parallel canals, one above the other - Villa-d'Este
A d'Este eagle among the spouts in the Hundred Fountains - Villa-d'Este
A sphinx - half-women, half sea horse of which water emerges from the breasts and flows down one of the water channels of the garden - Villa-d'Este
The clever water system of the gardens allows water from the local town, Tivoli, to flow to all the fountains and power them through a series of channels throughout the garden visible like this and hidden- Villa-d'Este
The Fountain of the Dragons, this fountain was built specifically for a visit of Pope Gregory in 1572 in the last years of the Cardinals life - Villa-d'Este
The Fountain of the Owl which originally used to be a music fountain with birds singing from the flow of air and water through their beaks, these days the water system to the villa does not have enough pressure to power it - Villa-d'Este
The Rometta fountain, a miniature of ancient Rome and was the theatre of the Cardinal (it was bombed in WWII so some of the mountain design is missing) - Villa-d'Este
Statues symbolising the Aniene River (left) and Apennine mountains (right) - Villa-d'Este
The Fountain of Diana of Ephesus (also known as the Fountain of Mother Nature) - Villa-d'Este
Sculpted c. 1568 by Flemish sculptor Gillis van den Vliete and modeled after a classical Roman statue of Diana of Ephesus which had bulls testicles spouting water instead of the breasts we see here in his version for the Cardinal - Villa-d'Este
Fountain of the d'Este eagles - Villa-d'Este
The masterpiece of Villa-d'Este - the fountain of Neptune as seen from the fish ponds (each fish pond is 12 feet deep as the Cardinal loved to fish)
The three people standing at the bottom of this photo really put into perspective the scale of the fountain of Neptune - Villa-d'Este
Inside the grotto of the fountain of Neptune is a 16th-century torso of a statue of Neptune - Villa-d'Este
The impressive 'fountain of Neptune' was designed in such a way that rainbows can regularly be seen in the sprays - Villa-d'Este
View from the terrace of the fountain of Neptune - Villa-d'Este
Looking out from the terrace of the fountain of Neptune and across the fish ponds - Villa-d'Este
The Fountain of the Organ, which has a water-operated organ hidden behind it's vast exterior, sit's above and behind the The fountain of Neptune - Villa-d'Este
Detail of the Fountain of the Organ - Villa-d'Este
Detail of the Fountain of the Organ - Villa-d'Este
Detail of the Fountain of the Organ - Villa-d'Este
A metallic plaque that lists all the fountains in Villa-d'Este
The Villa-d'Este has a golf cart to help the elderly with mobility around the gardens
The Fountain of Pegasus - Villa-d'Este
The exit of Villa-d'Este