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Visite guidée de Villa Adriana et de Villa D'Este

Rome is beautiful, so beautiful that, I swear, nothing else seems to me to compare with it. In short, to tell you my thinking on Rome, it is not only the most beautiful city in the world, but it also is without a possibility of comparison with any other.

Charles de Brosses


Villa d'Este

“The Villa d'Este in Tivoli, with its palace and garden, is one of the most remarkable and comprehensive illustrations of Renaissance culture at its most refined. Its innovative design along with the architectural components in the garden (fountains, ornamental basins, etc.) make this a unique example of an Italian 16th-century garden. The Villa d'Este, one of the first giardini delle meraviglie, was an early model for the development of European gardens.”

UNESCO World Heritage motivation

51 fountains and nymphs, 398 spurts, 364 jets, 64 cascades and torrents, 220 basins and tanks, 875 m (nearly 957 yards) of channels, water routes and water chains. This is the magnificent and imposing work of its inventor Pirro Ligorio and of its implementers, hydraulic engineers with no university degree but with extraordinary talent


The villa is closed on Monday and open on the other days of the week. I recommend checking the website to see if any different weekly closures are envisaged. The villa can also be included in the Tivoli itinerary, which could also include Hadrian’s Villa (Villa Adriana). If you do this, the itinerary will take about 4 hours.


Besides the two villas in Tivoli, you can also add a visit to the splendid Villa Gregoriana park, set in the tuff gorge hewn by the River Aniene, which here produces a wonderful waterfall of over 100 m (328 ft.) before continuing on its way semi-submerged by vegetation. The park was created at the behest of Pope Gregorio XIV and today is part of the FAI (Fondo per l’Ambiente Italiano - the Italian equivalent of the British National Trust).

Villa Adriana

"I feel responsible for the world’s beauty "

These are the words that Marguerite Yourcenar puts into the mouth of Hadrian, the emperor and would-be architect who almost totally abandoned the military life he had brilliantly undertaken under the Emperor Trajan to dedicate himself to travel, art, poetry and architecture.
His extremely refined way of life, spurred him, as soon as he became emperor in 117 AD, to start building the villa that was to take his name – “Villa Adriana” in Italian. It would not, however, be a villa like those that, even although extremely beautiful, can be seen more or less everywhere in Italy. Hadrian instead conceived a project for a town, as imaginary as it was perfect, where the arrangement of the various buildings was not haphazard but based on a design devised according to the use of individual buildings and their relationship with the entire complex – concepts that were to be revived only centuries later in modern urbanism.


The visit can be combined with that to Villa d’Este, which is in the same municipality but in the heart of the mediaeval town. You should just bear in mind that, while Villa d’Este is closed on Monday, Hadrian’s Villa is instead open every day from 9 a.m until sunset, which varieties from 3.30 p.m. in the winter months to 6 p.m. in the summer months. For further details, you can consult the site …

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