Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia Comune di Ariccia
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The Park
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The Ancient Aviary of the XVII century
Attached to the palace is an immense park of 28 hectares, dating back to 16th century, rich of mixed vegetation, archaeological finds, fountains and decorations of the 17th century, the last remnants of the "nemus aricinum" consecrated to the goddess Diana.
Originally made to be a "Barco", or an area that is gated off for hunting, then a "paesistico" or "romantico" garden, called so for its naturalistic and colorful character, Chigi Park constitutes a unique example of its kind, with plans by Bernini and Fontana (Piazza del Mascherone, the "Snow Cave", the fountains of the Mask etc.).
In the course of the 1700's and the 1800's the park was a favorite destination of the Grand Tour d'Italie, reproduced in numerous paintings of artists such as Hackert, Corot, Turner, Ivanov etc., remembered by Goethe, Stendhal and D'Annunzio.
Some of the most important features of the park are the Aviary constructed by the Savelli (1628) and the imposing monument of Tiberian age, originally from the Old Appian Way and rebuilt in 1997.