Photo Gallery: Bellagio botanical gardens welcome summer Italiano
Welcome to summer, Italian-style — right here in Las Vegas.
Courtesy of Bellagio’s flowerful Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, visitors can visually luxuriate in the romantic, European-inspired scenery, on display through Sept. 7.
Created by designer Ed Libby, the horticultural journey visits a quartet of Italy’s regions.
Beginning as a tribute to the island of Capri, it brings guests under a canopy of lemon tree branches and greenery evocative of the entrance to the famous Da Paolino restaurant as water streams from an 8-foot fountain at the center of the canopy. Colorful flowers flow from handcrafted vases at the edge of the walkway.
In the west garden, a trio of crystal chandeliers cast a glow over a vine-enveloped fountain in an homage to Tivoli’s 16th-century Fontana dell’Ovato in Villa d’Este. Heading to the south garden, passersby can gaze upon a re-enactment of The Palio, a famous horserace — dating back to the 6th century — that encircles the Piazza del Campo and is synonymous with summer in Italy. Behind it stands a replica of Siena’s town hall, called Palazzo Pubblico, surrounded by 17 brightly colored flags.
And across the conservatory, a floral troubadour grips a mandolin, inviting onlookers into a scene from Milan’s famous Teatro alla Scala opera house. Behind the venue’s burgundy velvet curtain is a picnic scene, with royal guests about to descend from a grand, Cypress tree-lined staircase, as two trumpeter swans float in a nearby pond.
By the numbers:
57,000: flowers on display
1,400: flowers used to create the lemons
125: Bellagio horticulture team members that assembled the display
20 feet: height of the Fontana dell’Ovato
8: Italian lanterns
The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is free and open to the public around the clock.