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Italy has a surfeit of cultural treasures from the Renaissance, and they include tapestries, paintings, writings, and of course, various aspects of the built environment. One such piece of architecture happens to be the Villa Cicogna Mozzoni near Lake Lugano. This website conveys a bit of the sumptuousness and splendor of this 15th and 16th century hunting lodge built by the Mozzoni family. On this site, visitors can learn about the history of the grounds and buildings, read up on the gardens, and learn more about guided visits if they happen to be in Italy. The "History" section provides visitors with several fine visual images, including a woodcut of bear hunting in the region and a painting of Ascanio Mozzoni. Moving on, the "Villa" area provides a schematic drawing of the grounds, complete with a history of their evolution over the past five centuries. Finally, the "Gardens" area offers additional perspective on the evolution of this masterpiece of Italian Renaissance garden design. It is worth noting that the materials on the site are also available in Italian, French, and German.
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