First up was this enormous statue of Good v Evil which is situated at the bottom of the valley. Nearby is this:
and no, it has not been tilted by an earthquake but is deliberately constructed at an angle.
As we climbed up the garden we came on several animal sculptures including Hannibal's elephants
and a lovely dog,
Probably the most famous sculpture is this one of Orcus. Orcus was an Etruscan god who represents the 'wild man'. The wild man features in many European festivals and folklore and is closely related to the Green Man that we often see represented in England.
I think a knowledge of mythology (which I don't have) helps when visiting this place.
The next garden was the Villa Lante in Bagnaia, near Viterbo. This is a classical garden, again built on the side of a steep hill with lovely views overlooking the valley below.
As you can just see from the photo the bottom of the garden has a formal hedged garden. The most important feature of this garden is a series of fountains and the water that feeds them which runs down the hillside.
This fountain depicts lanterns. At the bottom there are two fountains with magnificent sculptures.
To the English eye, these gardens seem devoid of colour because there are almost no flowers, just a variety of trees. On the final day we visited the Villa Farnese but I have no photos of this garden. I have to admit that while I enjoy these gardens I really prefer architecture so the days we spent in towns with their churches and cathedrals were the highlight of the holiday for me.