Italy’s gardens draw upon ancient designs, modern upkeep
Gardens of Italy by Ann Laras acquaints garden- and peninsular-lovers with green treasure sustainability in the historic regions of:
• Campania in the south;
• Lazio in the center; and
• Liguria, Piedmont, and Tuscany in the northwest;
• Lombardy in the north; and
• Veneto in the northeast.
It begins with:
• 2 pages of introduction to the ancient Roman concepts of negotium et otium cum dignitate (business and leisure with dignity) in the city’s palazzo (townhouse) and the country’s villa (building, garden, landscape); and
• 2 pages of maps.
It contains an 8-page foreword on the inspirational sources of Italian Renaissance gardens in the ancient Roman imperial country and courtyard gardens and the Hellenistic, Near East, and Persian traditions of hunting parks.