On Dad’s birthday we went to one of his favorite places in Italy, Villa d’Este. Villa d’Este was originally commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito d’Este. Cardinal d’Este had been lobbying for the papacy and was appointed governor of Tivoli (where Villa d”este is located) by Julius (who had been elected) to earn Cardinal Ippolito’s loyalty. When Julius started building a palace and gardens, Ippolito took over a Monastery and started building what is currently known as Villa d’Este. Hundreds of fountains are supplied with water from the Aniene River.
Mom and Dad right after we got there.
Mom and Dad acting like an old married couple (oh, wait, they are an old married couple. :))
Momma looking like a movie star.
Mom and Dad on the stairs leading up to the Villa.
Please note Andrew being a creeper at the end of the bushes on the right hand side.
A spirally stair case.