An inviting backyard retreat serves as the perfect place for guests to put up their feet and relax. Fully furnished with luxurious seating areas, a fireplace and lounge chairs that look out over a pristine pool, the patio provides the entire home with a grand view and a supreme sense of tranquility. Photos by
Leafy "Ceiling" In sun-drenched gardens, shade is key. Typical Mediterranean courtyards offer seating areas under trees — such as olives, oaks, citrus, cypress or vines — planted individually or in groups.