In the 1º century BC the Emperor Hadrian, fine intellectual and architecture lover, decided to give life to his dream by building, 23 km outside Rome, Villa Adriana (Hadrian’s Villa), majestic artistic work that would become his home.
Surrounded by greenery and silence, Villa Adriana is one of the largest sites of artistic and archaeological interest, if only for its size (about 300 acres), of which today remains visible about the fifth part. In addition to the residence of the emperor, the complex included a theater, a stadium, two separate baths, a library, various rooms for celebrations, arcades, gyms, nymphs and even a pond with an artificial island.
The unique charm of the Villa was the result of the artistic influences of ancient Greece and the most innovative architectural experiments of Rome. Villa Adriana was a source of inspiration for artists and architects like Raphael, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Palladio and many others.
Degraded and plundered during long centuries, in the 19º century was recovered and, in the 20º century, included in the UNESCO world heritage. Although today has undoubtedly lost its original face, what Adrian had planned and willed to her, the magical atmosphere is preserved imperishable through the millennia, as happens to the eternal city of Rome.
Via Villa Adriana, 204, Tivoli - +39 0774 382733 booking and tour
Hours: Open daily from 9:00
Tickets: € 8
How to get from Rome to Tivoli COTRAL bus (stops at 1 km from the Villa).
Tivoli station FR2 + CAT bus line 4, station 300 meters from the Villa.
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