Route: SURPRISING NATURE. THE HISTORICAL GARDENS
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In the note to the correspondence in September 1787, Goethe recalls a meeting with Cassas, a French architect who had just returned from the Orient and had shown him numerous drawings of landscapes and monuments he had seen during his adventurous journey.
That same night after we had seen all these beautiful things, we went to the gardens of the Palatine, graciously planted among the ruins of the Palace of the Caesars. There, where eight magnificent trees are planted in the ground and laid out like tables and chairs set up for a happy meeting, in the open air, among expertly worked capitals, fragments of smooth carved columns and pieces of bass reliefs, we spent very happy hours during the sunset, and had to acknowledge that despite the beautiful drawings we had seen that day, the view we had before our eyes did not lose anything of its enchantment in comparison.
On the Palatine hill, one can still enjoy the idyllic and romantic atmosphere experienced by Goethe in the former Villa Barberini, the result of a slow incorporation of ownership between the 15th and 17th centuries, first by the Capranica family and then by the Barberini family. Here was where the gardens of Adonis probably were, which ancient sources place in the Imperial Palace on the Palatine.
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