The Shepherd’s Fountain
A corner of Arcadia in Caserta
There is a fountain to the north-east of the English Garden, animated by three marble statues arranged around a circular basin. A small waterfall edged by stone blocks feeds the Bath of Venus. The whole lot owes its current look to an intervention carried out in the early twentieth century. The main sculptural element, a shepherd represented in the act of playing a two-pipe aulos, comes from the ancient Acquaviva gardens. Specimens of Acanthus mollis, Caltha palustris, Hosta and Hemerocallis have been planted among the irregular rocks that delimit the basin, selected from those historically present in the English Garden.