Via Domenico Giuliani, 89, Tivoli, 00019, Italy
More about Tivoli
Visual, sensual stimulant
In Hadrian's time...
The organ was playing - not our song - but playing
Travel Tips for Tivoli
Tivoli is situated along the Aniene River on the western slopes of Monti Tiburtini - the hills to the east of Rome.
Its steep medieval streets and ruins on the outskirts of town deserve a look and not just the Villa the town is renowned for. In searching for the Villa d'Esta on our arrival we wandered round the town before we got to the Villa - and we were glad we had done so otherwise we might have missed this delightful old town. after visting the town and the Villa we realised we had time to visit Hadrian's Villa just ouside of Tivoli down the hill. We went to the tourist office to check out the bus times and it was here that I found some leaflets and maps of Tivloli. Reading on the bus en route I discovered the sights of Tivoli town I had either missed or not realised what they were :-(
So is lessson to get your map and info first??
Well the story continues.....
A bath fit for Kings and Popes
This is a bath fit for kings and Popes. Again it is made from the marble that was collected from all over the Roman Empire.
You will find many things made of marble here and each on is a small work of art.
Old and new........
Tivoli was a favoured place for ancient Romans to retire to (and for the wealthy to have summer villas) , and continued to be so during the Renaissance.
Thus, as with all Italian towns and cities which have millennia of occupation behind them, you can see evidence of the past melding into more recent times. Italians seem to have been happy to build on top of or next to existing structures, or to incorporate them into newer buildings rather than entirely clear the site. Which is very, very good.
Tivoli is a pleasant place for a wander anyway, so keep your eyes open as you do. You'll see the past emerging in all sorts of unlikely places...........
Not quite Carbon Copies!
Hadrian travelled a lot and it is purported that many of the buildings in the villa complex were based upon his foreign travels!
None of the buildings in the Villa actually duplicates the architecture of the original structures however and some are just a myth!
Hadrian returned to Rome in 125 and appears to have laid plans for extensions to his Villa at that time, before embarking on his second voyage in 128.
The Greek Theatre
Finally on the way out there is a small greek theatre - mainly grassed over now so not much to see.
Atop the stairs in a central position the ruins of a small room are visible. It was perhaps for the use of the Imperial cult.
Popular Hotels in Tivoli
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