Saturday, July 24, 2010

Villa Carlotta

One of the things I find fascinating about plants is their Latin names - Citrus Paradisi, isn't that exquisite and tempting? The Villa Carlotta is indeed famous for its botanical gardens. Fragrant with gardenias, dotted with hundreds of camellias, it includes some very exotic specimens and spectacular landscaping.
The Citrus Tunnel for instance, which is literally a tunnel made of orange, lemon and grapefruit trees of all kinds, seemed like something out of Alice In Wonderland.
Inside, the villa, we discovered some moving sculptures. I adore how the hard, cold marble can convey the limpness of a Madonna's hand, the delicate curves of a body. Really, how can marble dance?

14 comments:

Debra said...

Heart be still......

Laura in Paris said...

I loved reading your post. I felt with more intensity what I had seen at Villa Carlotta.

Giulia said...

Only the masters knew how to make marble dance...I have no idea, even though I've seen people working with it. Up close, to see a statue in a state of movement, not static is wonderful, but also bewildering sometimes. Suddenly, Daphne & Apollo from the Villa Borghese in Rome popped into my mind. I always felt like she was about to get away.

About the gardens...I vaguely remember ferns, lots of ferns. Somewhere. But also that those camellias were huge, very large for the climate. Perhaps protected in a way. I'm not sure.

I don't remember the citrus, so I can't have gone through (or maybe it wasn't there many years ago?) because I love citrus & would remember.

Thank you for this fruity adventure, M-L.

Gabbi said...

Beautiful post and share Mary-Laure, love how you describe the marble statues and really couldn't agree more.

Mary-Laure said...

GIULIA - oh so you've been here! Yes, there is a Valley Of The Ferns that's all ferns, with a ravine and a river... It's amazing.

Annie said...

I have been away and have come back to these lovely posts on Paris and Italy, Beautiful! And what a lucky duck you are to be there. Is Benjy with you?
xoxo

donna baker said...

Mary-Laure in Italy...I love your blog so much I passed on an award to you. Pick it up at the farm - gatheratthefarm.blogspot.com.

Giulia said...

Ah, that's it. I didn't dream up ferns then. Oh, it's been so long that it doesn't count, M-L. But I do love ferns...there loads of them out back of my little apt. bldg, a finger of Rock Creek Park in DC/MD extends right into this very urban area. GG & I pretend that we're in the forest.

And with that I bid au revoir, hope the power doesn't go out (rec'd text that bad storms on the way)...& to figure out when iTunes will download the first Mad Men episode. It must be stated somewhere. As a veteran of this Mad Men on iTunes, perhaps you'll see this & say. Though don't for heaven's sake interrupt fun for it.

xoxo from GG & me. (And hello to your mum!)

Sam said...

Yes I cannot begin to fathom the skill and craftsmanship that the old masters had with marble. I truly don't know how they did it - it's like magic. A beautiful post! Looking forward to more ITaly!

Mary-Laure said...

GIULIA - I am downloading Mad Men as I write. The anticipation! The eagerness!

SAM - yet, it's magic. Witchcraft, really.

Belle de Ville said...

I love the Villa Carlotta. It is magical in the spring when the giant rododendrons are in bloom.
Lake Como...sigh.

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Denise | Chez Danisse said...

I'd love to stroll through The Citrus Tunnel. What a lovely concept. These images do exhibit wonderful marble craftsmanship. Beautiful, all of it. I like the way you share the essence of this beauty.