Photographer's Note

I took this shot in one of the nices parks in Milan, just behind the 'Villa Reale' (ROYAL VILLA), a wondderful neoclassical building in downtown Milan.
You can see it in the WS.
A curiosity: the access to the park is allowed only to babies and their families ;)

A note from Visual Italy website:
It is a wonderful neoclassic building, built in the 18th century by the architect Pollack (Vienna, 1751-Milan, 1806), a pupil of Piermarini who soon became one the favourite architects of the Milan noble families. Ordered by Count Ludovico Barbiano di Belgioioso, the villa, after the count's death, was transferred to Napoleon who lived there with his wife Giuseppina; after that, the villa was given to Austria (1815) which transformed it into the summer house of the viceroy. Today it belongs to the Municipality and hosts the Modern Art Gallery, which is important mainly for the presence of Lombard paintings from the 19th century.
The villa has an unusual layout for Milan: similar to that of extra-urban buildings, but also of Paris hotels or buildings, with the courtyard facing the street, separated from this by a wall. The most important and richest façade is that facing the internal garden in the English style: it is formed by two protruding lateral parts and by a middle part; all three are divided by Ionic columns. Between the windows on the upper floors, high reliefs with mythological figures can be seen. In some halls in the interior of Villa Reale, traces can be found of the Romantic and "eclectic" style of the first decades of the 9th century and this is where the Modern Art Gallery is located. Through a separate entrance, still on via Palestro, one can enter into the Garden of Villa Reale which is of particular importance since it is the first example of a private neoclassical garden in the English style that was ever designed in this city. The small lake and the numerous small temples add to the beauty of the garden and are reminiscent of the past: statues of Apollo, Hercules and Tetide; the temples of Fate and Love, the Tower of Conte Ugolino, etc.

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