Park with pool and tennis court at Villa di Rovero, San Zenone degli Ezzelini (Treviso)

The park (17,000 hectares) surrounds the splendid 16th-century Villa di Rovero on a rise dominating the valley.
The hilly configuration and the extent of the surface area were such as to leave the Landscape architect a free expressive rein; he modeled the terrain of a large portion of the park and inserted functional, modern elements: a pool and relative auxiliary facilities, and a tennis court.

The wide drive in pebbles and stone leading to the villa is flanked by trees (prevalently Cedrus atlantica), shrubs (Rhododendron, Azalea, Sarcocca, Skimmia), and ground covers (Convallaria japonica, Ruscus hypoglossum, Hedera algeriensis).

The plaza at the end of the drive, at the rear of the villa, is an ample space, partly grassed and partly in gravel (in the car parking area).
A narrow passage is the start of a path, bordered by cypresses and high hedges (Prunus laurocerasus rotundifolia, Taxus baccata, Carpinus betulus, Chamacerasus pileata, etc.) leading to the pool area and the tennis court.
The sober, linearly-styled pool appears unexpectedly beyond a low hedge. Set in a lawn overlooking the valley, it is surrounded on three sides by trees and shrubs and adorned with flowering shrubs and plants (roses, Hibiscus, Japanese anemones, Iris kaempferi, etc.). The overflow, which carries off fallen leaves from the surface of the water, runs into a channel and is recirculated.
The various different levels along the path are nuanced by plantings of shrubs (hornbeams, laurels, boxwood, Abelia, etc.) and creepers (Hypericum calicinum, Hedera algeriensis, Lonicera pileata, etc.).

(Ph.: © Paola Porcinai)

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