Part two of my day trip to Tivoli. To reach Hadrian’s Villa, take an orange (local bus) from Tivoli's Piazza Garibaldi down the hill. It’s about 10 minutes.
For some reason I thought this would be a Villa, it’s more of a village. It’s a huge complex with over 30 buildings. Tickets to enter are 6-10 euros depending on whether or not there is a special exhibition. Once you walk up a long driveway there is a building to your right that has a model of the original grounds. Unbelievable.
This was the retreat of Emperor Hadrian and was built between 118-134 AD. He was quite the amateur architect and designed many of the buildings himself. He also loved to paint and was a fan of Greek literature.
After the fall of the Empire this area was ransacked for all it’s amazing treasures. It’s estimated that over 500 pieces of important artifacts from all over the world came from this one area.
This is a place where a tour guide or a very good guidebook will be helpful. There is so much to see. There were over 4 Km of underground roads connecting all the buildings, huge baths, gardens etc.
Here is more info on the site.
Getting back to Rome was a little tricky. I think the buses to Ponte Mammolo station run only every hour on Saturday. I missed one bus by two minutes and was standing in the hot sun for an hour. Fun! I probably should have checked the schedule before I got on the bus. I didn’t make that mistake again on my next day trip to Sperlonga.
I will post on that trip next week.
Here is the link to my Flickr page for more photos of this incredible place.
Part of the wall that used to surround the grounds. I wish someone was standing by it so you can really get a sense of the scale of it.
Emperor Hadrian's had an outdoor studio where he used to paint and draw. Are there any world leaders who are artistic today?
A pool. There were underground pipes that would heat the water up. I like the view of the columns and the hills in the background.