4 ROME YOUR OWN TOUR
Hadrian's Villa The villa was constructed at Tibur (modern-day Tivoli) as a retreat from Rome for Roman Emperor Hadrian during the second and third decades of the 2nd century AD. Hadrian was said to dislike the palace on the Palatine Hill in Rome, leading to the construction of the retreat. During the later years of his reign, he actually governed the empire from the villa. A large court therefore lived there permanently. Villa d'Este Villa d’Este, masterpiece of the Italian Garden, is included in the UNESCO world heritage list. With its impressive concentration of fountains, nymphs, grottoes, plays of water and music,it constitutes a much-copied model for European gardens in the mannerist and baroque styles. The garden is generally considered within the larger – and altogether extraordinary – context of Tivoli itself: its landscape, art and history which includes the important ruins of ancient villas such as the Villa Adriana, as well as a zone rich in caves and waterfalls displaying the unending battle between water and stone. The imposing constructions and the series of terraces above terraces bring to mind the hanging gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient world. The addition of water – including an aqueduct tunneling beneath the city – evokes the engineering skill of the Romans themselves. A private driver will pick you up directly from your apartment at your favorite time and take you back home at the end of your visit. You will be visiting on your own. Admission tickets are not included (Euro 8 per person each Villa)*. *These fares may vary in conjunction with exhibitions set inside the Villas.
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