I did a walkabout in the Sunken Gardens at Assisi this past weekend. The Gardens are on the grounds of the Saint Francis Friary at Mt Assisi in Loretto, PA. Formerly the home of Charles E Schwab the US steel magnate, the garden is the only public accessible part of the estate, the rest is closed off since the buildings are the private residences of the Franciscan Friars who live there. The place is, well, palatial, at least from what I could see. The gardens were very cool although nothing was really in bloom since autumn is now fully in control of the weather. Most of the time during my visit, I was the only one on the grounds. I found the place to be very peaceful and graceful...a place for people to contemplate. I'm guessing back in the Schwab days the grounds were carefully trimmed and manicured with the primary use for the place to show splendour and majesty, now the setting is more natural. The image below is from inside one of the garden structures.