40026 Sasso Morelli BO, Italia
The stately park of Villa La Babina is immersed in the countryside on the outskirts of the small borgo of Sasso Morelli, which lies on the plains leading away from Imola; the borgo was renovated by the architect Cosimo Morelli at the end of the 18th century. This carefully landscaped park has all the key characteristics of the 19th century parks that adjoined the mansion houses built on the plains surrounding Bologna. Emerging from the plain like a green ‘island', it features the following classic elements: a screen of trees surrounding the buildings and extensive lawns and open spaces. Today, it retains its original rural setting and so offers a purity of landscape that has, in so many cases, been lost to encroaching urbanisation.