Main Gate at Piazza Centrale and entry vestibule

As you stand at the gate, the first thing one notices is the explosion of space created by the garden’s two enclosing walls set at 45 degrees to each other. The triangular shape of the garden is made more dramatic with the ground plane tilted up from this entrance point.

The Entrance Vestibule

Looking down at the pavement here, you see that it is enclosed in a trapezoid, shaped by the garden walls and the little low wall in front. Imbedded in the pavement there are a series of triangles, a hint of the geometric patterns repeated in the layout of the box hedges and the overall garden design.


Marble inscriptions are some of the few decorations that Diomede placed in the garden. In the entry vestibule, one can see a wood door with a plaque above located to the right. Diomede placed at least ten plaques both in the garden and inside the “Palazzetta”. The Latin inscriptions are taken from writings of Roman poets. Many are intended to communicate to the visitor the benefits of country life far from the city as we see here:

“Omitte mirari beatae fumum et opes strepitumo romae”,
“Cease admiring the smoke, the riches, and the noise of Rome!”
- Horace, Odes, III, 29