Here is a pot-pourri of photos from Villa Adriana in June 2010. More photos of Villa Adriana in travelogue below.
The great wall was constructed following advice by Hadrian's doctor regarding the length of a healthy daily walk for the Emperor. All Hadrian had to do was walk along its length and back, and his exercise for the day was done.
See Daumet's reconstruction of Villa Adriana for a good idea of its former appearance.
When I first saw Tivoli, the Internet did not exist. I was inspired by Marguerite Yourcenar's Mémoires d'Hadrien (Memoirs of Hadrian.) I cannot imagine visiting Villa Adriana without knowing Yourcenar's magnificent portrait of the man that was Hadrian.
I re-visited Villa Adriana in June 2010, accompanied this time by a Roman archeologist. It made a difference in the facts that I learned, although the overall impression was tainted by the passage of time and by the way the site has adapted to mass tourim.
The ensemble view has been altered insidiously. Olive groves have been cut to make way for a handy parking and ticket booth. The shepherd's reed bed has gone. Where are the violets on the grass of the Tempé? Gone is the "noble solitude" of the Poecile, transformed into a square. A fake plaster "antique" fountain lets one fill up a plastic bottle for the visit...
"The slightest macadam road where grass grew undisturbed for centuries brings irreparable damage... beauty flees, as does authenticity." (Yourcenar)
I learned more facts this time but imagination was bounded.
This is nostalgia speaking. The Villa is still a stunning place to see.
Fondest memory: Villa Adriana
If you have been to Italy then you have surely noticed the abundance of cats EVERYWHERE. Tivoli is no different and I snapped this little ditty of my allergy-prone boyfriend as he sat down and attempted to have something to eat at Villa d'Este. He was sneezing all afternoon!! I will never forget this scene and it had me giggling for the rest of the day...
So, moral of the story is I guess if you are not allergy prone, be nice to the locals and make sure to pack some milk!!
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.
Villa d'Este was built in the 1550s for Cardinal Hippolyte d'Este.
The villa was a former Benedictine convent and the rooms were decorated and frescoed. But Villa d'Este is mainly known for its worldwide famous gardens. These gardens are enriched by many fountains, such as the 'Fountain of the Dragons' and 'the One Hundred Fountains', deep pools shaded by trees, and the 'Water Organ Fountain'.
Favorite thing: The old part of the town has such narrow streets and its rustic charm was so appealing. Walking down these passageways, admiring the old stonework on the buildings and seeing the peace flags hanging from the windows and balconies added to the colour.
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.
Fondest memory: I enjoyed just being there, the sound of the splashing fountains and the views of the countryside left a feeling of contentment.
Villa d’Este is located here and is a great way to spend an afternoon.
There are many fountains, over 500, to see and the house is furnished.
The villa it self has had many important people call it home from cardinals to poets and writers.
It is well worth a visit.
See my travelogues for pictures of the villa.
Imagine my delight when we had seen the sights art Hadrian's Villa and realised we just had enough time to pop back to Tivoli do the sights missed and then head back to Rome. Well that wasn't quite the story - some of the sights just didn't seem to exist or we managed to get lost even with the map and some of the other sights were under renovation :-(
What i thought would be a quick half hour re-visit turn into a frustating, foot weary search - may be I should have left the map alone!
At least the water fountains quenched our thirst and later we comforted ourselves with our favourite restaurant back in Rome :-))
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.
Fondest memory: 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.....
At the edge of the town overlooking a ravine near the Ponte Gregoriano are the ruins of these temples - temples of Vesta and Sybil.
The round based temple of Vesta dates from 1st century is formed by 18 Corinthian columns but only 10 remain today.
The rectangular Sybil temple is ionic in style.
Tivoli has its own castle - built in 1461. The quadrangular fortress has 4 round towers and sits atop a hill near the town centre.
After 1870 the fortress was converted into a prison but today it does not have a definite function.
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.
There are many things to see in the town of Tivoli and this little town has much to offer in the way of food, drink, tourist gifts and tours of the old Roman Villas that are located in the area.
In the main square you will find many people trying to sell tours and gifts but the real treasures are to be found in the side streets and in the Roman ruins.
Fondest memory: Meandering through the narrow town streets with the rustic coloured buildings with peace flags..the sun trying to light up the terracotta buildings in the narrow passageways.