Hadrian's Villa is a great example of a Roman era garden. Rome, Italy, 140's CE.

Hadrian's Villa is a great example of a Roman era garden. Rome, Italy, 140's CE.

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The Roman garden combines landscape traditions from Egypt, Greece, and Persia - providing us a window into these ancient cultures.  Geometry, order, and symmetry abound. 

Look for the terrace, portico, strolling garden, and enclosure.  Pools are laid out in rectangular shapes, there are areas for lounging, and sculpture pays tribute to great mythological stories.

Romans introduced formal features that shape European garden design for centuries - particularly in the Italian renaissance garden and the French formal style. 

Check out the posts below for other examples of gardens inspired by the Roman style.