Designer Charlotte Moss brings home eight key lessons from her grand tour of Italian estates.
1. Create an axis (or two).
On vast properties such as the Boboli Gardens of the Pitti Palace in Florence, it becomes necessary to draw the eye into the distance by framing the view with trees. The primary axis of the Boboli begins in the courtyard. The secondary axis, running east to west, isn’t visible until you are upon it as high hedges block the view. Creating movement for the eye and preventing monotony, statues of classical figures, placed amid the tall cypresses, call out to you as you walk into the distance.
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