Rome, Villa Umberto

The addition of a formal classical building to a park setting is a fairly common device in Europe, and one that is entirely fitting to an urban park. Notice the striking sculptures on the roof.

Unfortunately, the shoreline in front of the villa is cluttered and not attractive. There are several approaching to fixing this problem. An apron of grass is perhaps the nicest, especially if it has a southern exposure, as people will sun there. A stone bulkhead is fine, and the railing can be either wooden, in the style seen on the right in the background, or with stone balusters and a stone railing. One important point is that water that is more than a few tens of centimeters below street level and of any depth at all is a serious hazard to small children. A railing of some sort must make it impossible for them to fall in the water. However, a grassy apron is far safer in this respect and does not require a railing unless the gentle slope of the apron is not maintained below the water. As long as the slope is gentle, even very small children will not get themselves into serious trouble.

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