The Villas of Tivoli

Tivoli is a stunning ancient town about 25kms north east of Rome (still in Lazio). It has stunning views from the town centre, and the settlement of the city dates back to the 13th Century, and it has had a rich history over the centuries.
Villa Adriana or Hadrian’s Villa is a large archaeological ruin and is well worth a visit. The villa was a complex built with over 30 buildings and most of it has been excavated. You can walk through the ruins of the theatre, the libraries, the state rooms, the baths, and temples and the quarters for the slaves and courtiers. The villa was built as a retreat for the Emperor Hadrian during the 2nd Century AD, and from walking around you definitely feel its majestic grandeur.

Villa d’Este is another villa built in Tivoli and has one of the most stunning gardens I have ever visited! It is an Italian Renaissance Garden and was commissioned by a Cardinal related to Pope Alexander VI to be built in the 1500s. There are lots of big water features consisting of fountains, pools and water troughs, which are all absolutely beautiful and really cool the gardens down in the hot Italian summers. You can visit the gardens at night sometimes and they now have a really amazing light show amongst the gardens!

It does not take long to get to beautiful Tivoli, and for a small peaceful city it has a bundle to see! 

 Villa d'Este

 Villa Adriana


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