These two italian villas in Tivoli, are both Unesco sites, Villa d'Este on the list since 2001 and Villa Adriana since 1999. The cards were sent by Anne "aj-person".
The Villa d'Este is a villa situated at Tivoli, near Rome, Italy. Is a fine example of Renaissance architecture and the Italian Renaissance garden. On the card there's the Neptune and Organ fountains.
"Its innovative design along with the architectural components in the garden (fountains, ornamental basins, etc.) make this a unique example of an Italian 16th-century garden. The Villa d'Este, one of the first giardini delle meraviglie , was an early model for the development of European gardens." - in: www.whc.unesco.org/en/list/1025
The Hadrian's Villa (Villa Adriana in Italian) is a large Roman archaeological complex. "It is an exceptional complex of classical buildings created in the 2nd century A.D. by the Roman emperor Hadrian. It combines the best elements of the architectural heritage of Egypt, Greece and Rome in the form of an 'ideal city'.
Study of the monuments that make up the Villa Adriana played a crucial role in the rediscovery of the elements of classical architecture by the architects of the Renaissance and the Baroque period. It also profoundly influenced many 19th and 20th century architects and designers." - in: www.whc.unesco.org/en/list/907