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Villa Adriana, Tivoli

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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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  • Hadrian's Villa was to be really impressive and remarkable visible artifacts especially for their Majesty. Shame that everything is kept quite badly and undervalued.
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  • I join with many comments. The beauty and importance of the Villa are unparalleled and indisputable. Pity that the visitor is left alone. Except a few placards and signs, there is no path to guide your visit. Also the whole area seems almost abandoned, unattended. It's a shame to see the historical legacy left to itself in neglect. We recommend a guided tour.
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  • The archaeological area is very large and are undergoing renovation work, but several areas are a bit wild and explanations on the signs are scarce, but overall it is worth seeing, it's probably better to take the guided tour to avoid getting lost!
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  • One of the best places I've seen in/around Rome. Enough of walking, long descriptions of the places. Reserve yourself at least few hours and maybe plan a picnic there. Stunning place.
  • Truly a remarkable site. You can spend an entire day here looking at the ruins. I would recommend a guide to help walk you thru the sites as this a very large area.
  • I arrive to "Villa Adriana" with the picture of the ticket in my phone (with code number price card etc like i always do. In vatican, versailles whatever its valid) and the woman was very rude with me, and denied to let me in with the picture in my phone and not on paper. I explain to her that im a tourist i dont have a print lazer and all the info is there, im harmless come on! I travel from rome to here for a good experience, i was inspired and in the door this happen? Very bad attitud, well i haded to buy other ticket to her, was so unfair and desapointing. The place great but fired that women, horrible attitude and lack of empathy
  • A big place with ancient ruins of Emperor H'adrian, beautiful gardens and and water-pools full of fish and turtles. A must see place if you like ancient ruins!
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site. Very interesting place, which shows us, how developed the ancient Rome was. Wonderful gardens, beautiful spa and Temple of Venus, just for instance.