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Villa Adriana, Tivoli

Categories: Ruins, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.2/5 based on 1,800+ reviews on the web
More than just a single ruined villa, heritage-listed Villa Adriana is a vast complex of classical buildings constructed by Emperor Hadrian. Erected in the second century CE, these buildings once combined the finest elements of the Egyptian, Greek, and Roman cultures. Though the ruins are rapidly deteriorating due to their great age and the unforgiving weather, the site continues to provide visitors with a rare chance to glimpse the opulence once enjoyed by the rulers of ancient Rome. Hadrian was said to dislike his official palace in the city of Rome, and allegedly spent the last years of his reign governing from here, his favorite estate. Tickets can be purchased and audio guides rented at the entrance into the site.  To visit Villa Adriana on your trip to Tivoli, use our Tivoli vacation planner.
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  • A splendid sight but we felt the guides and staff were a bit under par. Don't let that put you off. It's a lovely trip out by train. Walk across the bridge spanning the valley from the station to the ...  read more »
  • Just a few km's outside of Tivoli with a good bus connection, these are stunning ruins once owned by the Emperor Hadrian. They are huge and you need at least 3 hours to walk around, with plenty of rui...  read more »
  • Visit of 4 h in Tivoli, with the visit of the villa d'Este and Hadrian's villa with however a downside: an hour and a half on the bus, Este villa not much to see inside, but beautiful fountains in the gardens.
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  • Worth a whole day to go round - the site is enormous. The highlight is definitely the canopus. Difficult to reach by public transport, so best to plan in advance. There was free entry on the Sunday I visited. The staff were very accommodating when asked for help.
  • The sense of majesty and decadence is still apparent, even though the structures themselves are in ruin.
  • A beautiful pleace, full of history
  • Even if ruins "only", it is a very impressive place, giving some ideas, how the lazy part of Hadrian's life may have been going. Some small but beautiful highlights: the bathroom floor mosaics in the guest houses...
  • Lots of ancient sculptures and relics. Worthless 3 euros for parking. Came in july, 38 celsius, 10 visitors at the Villa. complete waste.
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