- City: Tivoli
- Country: Italy
- Source: Sakata
- Approx. Date: 1940s
- Photographer: Sakata
A Romanesque statue is on display near a lovely, charming garden in Tivoli, Italy. The statue appears to be the Roman god of light, Jupiter, judging by the statue's physique and facial features. Additionally, he appears to be holding what may be a lightning bolt in his right hand. He is separated from the nearby garden grounds by a wrought iron fence and trees surrounding the perimeter. Behind the park are several Italian mission-style houses, whose roofs peak out from behind the cluster of trees.
Tivoli is a historic town in Italy located on the Aniene river in the eastern side of Rome. Located roughly an hour away from Rome by train, one can easily enjoy the many historic attractions of both locations. Nowadays, Tivoli is a popular tourist destination because of its picturesque gardens and well-maintained historic ruins. Its neighborhoods are also known for their unique landscape and architecture. Just like in this photograph, many wealthy Roman estates would have entire gardens decorated with ornate statues and sculptures.
Taken by George Sakata, a photographer featured throughout our website. George was a member of the infamous 100th Division 442nd Nisei Regimental Combat Team in WWII. This was the only Japanese American unit in WWII and was nicknamed the "Go For Broke" unit. The 442nd had a casualty rate of 93% and was awarded 21 Medal of Honors. Click here for more information on the 442nd RCB unit.