4.15.2010

INSTANT GROTTO-FICATION

'Cause what's more sultry than a steamy grotto in the summer sun? HM? Nothing, obviously.

Below is probably one of my favorite examples: a hidden grotto at the 14th century Villa La Pietra, in Italy.  Look closely, the decor is composed entirely of pebbles and seashells.  I wonder how long this feat of magnificence took to complete...


Below two images: The grotto pool at Deering's Vizcaya, in Miami, Florida.


Below, 18th century Italian elements form the exterior of a small grotto with fountain, at Vizcaya in Miami, Florida.

First image, from Villas and Gardens of Tuscany, by Bajard and Bencini. Images of Vizcaya from Vizcaya: Museum and Gardens, Miami, Florida. Photographer: Steven Brooke.

9 comments:

-h said...

I haven't been to Viscaya in soooo long. Must be over a decade ago now. And I never once saw the pool!!!!! They must have been holding out on me.

Dustjacket Attic said...

They are just so amazing.
xxx

Theresa Cheek said...

this is pure unadulterated grotto porn.....sigh

Janet said...

Hmmmm...I am envisioning some rococo shell shoes...

shona said...

UHHHH - LUXXURY!

(IN)DECOROUS TASTE said...

Janet- THAT IS SUCH A GOOD IDEA!

Nedda Ebo said...

Holy crap these are BEAUTIFUL!! Especially the second photo, wow.
Mustart x

battlingthedinosaurs said...

Whoa, leave it to the Italians/Romans to create something this beautiful

harps said...

how utterly glorious!

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