The duke's gardens

The area of the Ducal Garden is the oldest of the Royal Gardens. The recent renovation works on this portion of the gardens which were reopened in 2016 were not based on the seventeenth-century project, but on the design by the Roda brothers, promoted by Umberto I in 1886. The project was documented in 1889 by Alfredo D'Andrade, who drew the three-party parterre and its neo-baroque design, which was probably taken from Roda's projects. A fountain was placed at the centre of the garden, according to the historic drawings. The edge of the basin is composed of granite slabs recovered from the stone quarries that Guarino Guarini chose in the 17th century for the marbles decorating the Chapel of the Shroud.

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