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Giardino all'inglese con laghetto

An Italian “English-style” landscape 
 
Villa Reale’s Neo-classical architecture is in perfect harmony with Milan’s first “English-style” garden. Its quite modern design was conceived by Belgiojoso, Pollack, and Count Ercole Silva, who penned the famous treatise Dell'arte dei giardini inglesi in 1801.
The novelty consists in the idea of giving life to a garden “according to nature,” where human interference goes unnoticed. It possesses an asymmetric form, where rounded shapes predominate. In line with this idea of beauty, Villa Reale’s garden has a small “secret” forest, a waterfall from rocky cliffs, a winding torrent that ends in a small lake, surrounded by a trail dotted with wooden bridges.
At the center a small circular temple is dedicated to Cupid. Abandoned amidst the garden, ancient ruins hidden by vegetation remind us of the ephemerality of life and history.
 
 
Literature:
 
V. Vercelloni, Il giardino a Milano, per pochi e per tutti, 1288-1945, L’Archivolto 1986.
 
V. Vercelloni, Atlante storico dell’idea di giardino europeo, 1990.
 
M. Zoppi, Storia del giardino europeo, Laterza, Rome 1995.
 
M. Negri, Arte e Metamorfosi: Fenomenologia del giardino, Università degli Studi, Milan 1998.
 
F. Mazzocca, Villa Belgiojoso poi Villa Reale, in Milano Neoclassica, Longanesi, Milan 2001.

Comune di Milano Consiglio di Zona 1, Villa Reale. Un giardino da esplorare, Milano 2004