The villa was constructed at Tibur (modern-day Tivoli) as a retreat from Rome for the 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, which is leading to the construction of the retreat. During the later years of his reign, he actually governed the empire from the villa. Hadrian moved to the Villa as his official residence around AD 128. A large court therefore lived there permanently. The postal service kept it in contact with Rome from 29 km (18 mi) away.
After Hadrian, the villa was occasionally used by his various successors (busts of Antoninus Pius (138-161), Marcus Aurelius(161-180), Lucius Verus (161-169), Septimius Severus and Caracalla have been found on the premises). Zenobia, the deposed queen of Palmyra, possibly lived here in the 270s. During the decline of the Roman Empire in the 4th century, the villa gradually fell into disuse and was partially ruined as valuable statues and marble were taken away.
After Hadrian’s Villa site admire Renaissance architecture in the cardinal residence Villa d’Este. The Villa is famous for its Italian Renaissance garden with its breathtaking fountains.
|LOCATION||Adrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este|
6 – hours tour of Adrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este
Pick –up from your hotel
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That is one of the most complete tour which could be done in 6 hours
Your guide show you ancient and cardinal villas , you will have occasion to take marvellous photos
You will hear the story of Hadrian and d’Este family
You will admire Roman architecture and Renaissance elegance