If artificial turf isnt your style, but you want a surface you dont need to water, look for a ground material that will provide minimal bounce. Decomposed granite, sand or crushed oyster shells are all options that do not require water. These are especially appropriate for arid climates and for re-creating an authentic Italian villa feel.
The trampoline, where David and Liz resolve any arguments, is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. “Trampoline sounds like an age thing, but it’s not age specific,” laughs David. “We’ve had Jeanne Tripplehorn jumping up and down on it refusing to sit down to dinner.”