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Tivoli ‘s most famous one, of which ruins remain, is the Villa Adriana (Hadrian’s Villa).Emperor Hadrian was not a great conqueror, although he was a valiant general. During his reign he traveled extensively in the East, Greece and Egypt.
In his beautiful home, Villa Adriana near the ancient town , he built pavilions, fountains and gardens named after some of the places visited during his travels.
The villa is very large and in ancient times it was beautiful with its statues and its rich decorations of marble and stucco. Some of the sculptures can be found in Capitoline Museum in Rome.There was a representative part, a part reserved for guests, the servants’ quarters and the fire station and soldiers who had to defend the emperor. There are two thermal baths and a private area, called the Maritime Theatre, where Hadrian is said to have retired to think.
With this visit we will jump back in time to the year 1560 when Villa d’Este was built in by a Ippolito II d’Este, historical governor of Tivoli and son of Lucrezia Borgia, the nephew of a Pope.
The guided tour will start from the entrance courtyard, then we will visit the Palace with its fascinating rooms and bedroom, observing the frescoes still visible on the walls. Passing the entrance you reach a staircase that leads to a large reception room, from here you can get directly to the frescoes of the Noble Apartment.
Just below the double loggia with two orders is an ancient nymphaeum that in the past housed the Fountain of Leda, preserved today in the Galleria Borghese in Rome. Within the three floors of the building there are other extraordinary environments, such as the Old or Upper Apartment, the Hall of Solomon’s Stories and the Lower Apartment, characterized by the Salone della Fontanina and the fresco of “Ercole Sassano”
Finally we reach the Garden. Already at the time of the Cardinal the garden was called the Garden of Wonders… The cardinal actually had his hydraulic engineers build an underground canal that runs through the city of Tivoli and engineers created this hydraulic marvel with extraordinary fountains.Enjoy the beauty of its cascades, water tanks and water jets .Then we must not forget that there were also sound fountains! Even today the Organ Fountain plays a particular melody! And then we must not forget the lush vegetation, flowers and centuries-old trees that can still be seen inside the Park.
Follow us to discover this enchanted world closed to city of Rome!