Terrazza, the Italian for ‘terrace’, comes from the word terra which means ‘earth’ or ‘land’. Because of Italy’s hilly landscape and ultimate lack of flat agricultural space, its farmers have been using terrace cultivations for centuries. In a more urban context Italians use their terrazza, or open air patio, for anything from drying laundry to enjoying a cocktail under the stars. Bella Fortuna guests refer to the terrazza as reminiscent of actually being in Tuscany.
The Bella Fortuna terrazza earned an award for Landscape Design and Installation from the Michigan Nursery and Landscape Association in 2012. Design and landscape was done by RJ Angell Landscapes. An herb garden has been added for the enjoyment of guests and for use in the kitchen.
The title of the kinetic sculpture in the terrazza garden is ‘Chrysalis’ by artist Mark White of New Mexico.