Royal Gardens - Colorno, Italy
We've just returned from a trip to several design-worthy cities and towns in Italy, and we can't wait to show you all the videos we shot. One of our favorites is of the royal gardens at Colorno, Italy, just north of Parma. The 1660 summer villa (and what a villa, with over 400 rooms!) has been the home of royal families - the Bourbons, Farnese, and Sanseverinos. But it was Marie Louise of Austria - famed as the second wife of Napolean, the Duchess of Parma, and champion of the stunning Perfume Violetta di Parma, the famous violet-scented perfume - who turned the original French-style gardens outside the villa into a fashionable and less formal English park. We strolled the grounds, walked the hornbeam palisades and boxwood mazes, and shot this video for you on a lazy summer day in late July.