Live the sweet life at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens this summer. The garden’s newest display, “La Dolce Vita” invites guests to experience the scenery, scents and sounds of an Italian summer. Visitors can walk through four picturesque regions of the country now through September 7.
The Italian journey begins on the island of Capri. Guests will enter the garden under a canopy of lemon tree branches and lush greenery reminiscent of the grand entrance to the famous Da Paolino Restaurant. An eight-foot fountain gently spews water while colorful bouquets of flowers overflow from four handcrafted vases at each corner of the walkway’s edge.
In the West Garden, travel to Tivoli where three Murano-inspired crystal chandeliers light up a 20-foot vine-covered fountain, an homage to the Fontana dell’Ovato in Vila d’Este, a 16th century resident in Tivoli. The estate is famous for its terraced hillside Renaissance garden and stone fountains. It has been a source of inspiration for many other gardens throughout Europe and it is no wonder why Bellagio chose it as inspiration for this summer’s display.
The South Garden recreates The Palio, Siena’s twice-yearly horserace. The race, which includes 10 horses with riders from various Sienes Contrade who challenge each other in a race that circles the Piazza del Campo, is synonymous with summertime in Italy. In the garden is a replica of Siena’s town hall - Palazzo Public, and 17 flags representing each of the various Contrade.
Travel next to the famous opera house Teatro all Scala in Milan. Behind the house’s burgundy velvet curtain stands a picnic, complete with an embroidered blanket made from botanical materials and a woven basket filled with food. Inviting guests into the area is a floral troubadour holding a mandolin. Guests will enter the scene from a grand staircase lined with Cypress trees as two trumpet swans float in a and nearby.
The Conservatory & Botanical Garden is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is complimentary.