Villa d'Este - 500 Fountains
Although Hadrian's Villa was exquisite in design the 500 fountains of Villa d'Este are a marvel. Although they are said to be in need of repair, Villa d'Este far surpassed my expectations. You really must see them to appreciate their beauty. I enjoyed just being there, the sound of the splashing fountains and the views of the countryside left a feeling of contentment.
Ville Adriana is located just outside of town and is situated on a large estate. It once was the summer residence of the Emperor Hadrian and was built for him back in 118 BC.
The grounds have much to see in the way of statues and reflecting pools. It is a nice place to take a gentle walk and to enjoy the coolness of the water.
See my travelogues for pictures of the estate.
Villa D'Este in the Town of...
Villa D'Este in the Town of Tivoli outside Rome.
Take the train from Roma Termini Station to Tivoli.
It is 40 km outside of Rome into the mountains. It will cost you about $7.- a person to get a return ticket with the train. It takes about 1 hour to get there. It is a nice little old town with a beautiful villa with gardens.
The entrance costs you about $3.- for the gardens and the villa.
This estate was constructed in the 16th Century by Cardinal Ippolito D'Este, son of Lucrezia Borgia. The Villa is most known for its terracegardens and fountains.
Inspite of the fact the gardens arfe a bit neglected through the ages, it still offers a good impression how it must have been.
Vast Villa Complex
Take time to visit the Villa Hadriana if you like visiting roman ruins and want to know all the details. Entrance fee was 6.5 Euros and you can get an audio-guide for 4 Euros which takes 1.5 hours to go through - not including the walking inbetween the sites.
The Maritime Theatre is a strange central island structure ringed by Ionic columns and a circular canal. This was Hadrians favourite spot in which to indulge in his favourite pastimes, painting and architecture.