At the entrance, as in all gardens, urns and basins of all kinds create the decor, the Arcadian atmosphere.
A series of acorns and pine cones, a heraldic allusion. They belong both separately and in common to the Orsinis and the Farneses. A way of emphasizing the domain's symbolism.
Step by step, the mystery thickens. Two sphinxes appear with marvelously classical features, but astonishingly piercing gazes.
Whoever enters here must prove that he can enter. To gain the right to pass, the riddle of the sphinxes must be solved.