The water chain. a waterfall which tumbles down, feeding the channel all the way down to the Moorish Fountain at the bottom of the garden. From this third terrace, we can admire the second, the stone banquet table; and we can see that of the water theater, down to the bottom and the Moorish Fountain.
This is the water chain that Vignola created and, since then, given its
success, recreated in all gardens.
The water swirls in all sorts of stone meanders in such a disordered manner that one can no longer tell if the stone has started flowing or the water stratifying. There is always the suggestion of trompe l'oeil, of tricking the mind, in these eddies of water and stone which make up the "Catena d'acqua".
This fountain music, this splashing, is particularly miraculous at the Villa Lante.
It brings us to the most disturbing of the terraces.
The high fountain terrace.
What could be higher than the gods?
We find ourselves going back in time. We were with humans, we went to the gods and we now stand before the gods, in that time when everything was still possible.
This fountain serves as the junction point of two avenues. Each of these two avenues lead to a temple. Here are the Villa Lante's real gods.