Since I won't be going to Italy this year (at least as far as I know), I've been keeping myself busy and amused with designing my backyard. I didn't finish it with the rest of the house because I look at the garden as something you develop over time. I was saving this photo from the Villa d'Este in Italy for a post this summer when it would be 113 Fahrenheit outside. And, I could look at this refreshing, cool photo and not feel the summer heat. I really didn't want a water feature in the backyard, as we suffer from mosquitos.
Plus, I don't have this kind of acreage in my backyard.
For a feature quite like this.
So things will have to be scaled down a bit.