The castle of Vignanello was built on the ruins of an ancient Benedictine monastery. Given to Beatrice Farnese as a gift by Pope Clement VII in 1531, then passed to Ruspoli family. In '500 Antonio da Sangallo the Younger was commissioned to transform the castle into a chateau.
The villa has remained in the same family since the sixteenth century and now belongs to Princesses Claudia and Giada Ruspoli. When I visited the garden I had a pleasure to meet the Princess Claudia. Entering the palace and its rooms I felt catapulted to centuries behind. The exceptional care given to this place by Ruspoli family, has preserved it in a perfect state for centuries.
The garden of Palazzo Ruspoli is one of the best preserved historical gardens and considered one of the most beautiful Italian parterres.
The Garden of Greenery is a perfect rectangle space crossed by four avenues. Rows of clipped laurel ( Laurus nobilis) and boxwood (Buxus sempervirens) divide the garden into twelve sections. At each corner you can see a terracotta pot with lemon trees. The interior of each section is occupied by sculpted bushes that show initials of Ottavia Orsini (who married the count of Vignanello in 1574) and her sons.
Although its magnificent character and historical importance, the garden of Vignanello is charming and intimate with its perfect proportion, scent of roses and a myriad of little secret corners.
For sure one of the best gardens to visit if you happen to Italy. Vignanello is located only about 40 miles from Rome.