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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.  Plan to visit Villa Adriana during your Tivoli vacation using our convenient Tivoli road trip planner.
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  • After going to Rome a few times and have visited the main historical and archeological landmarks on several occasions (although it is inexhaustible town), I was happy to have finally organized to brief trip to Tivoli in order to visit Village Adriana. In the morning light, the scene from the novel by Marguerite Yourcenar, Palace that was like a small town developed by the brilliant emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century, seemed more fascinating even than my imagination. We always recommend a good guide that offers explanations relevant for the understanding of the ruins being observed.
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  • Very impressive and well kept ... especially some angles bring to past eras! The Council
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  • I have been to several Roman archeological sites, and this one still impressed me. The Maritime Theatre was the hidden jewel, more so then the lake and statues, seen in every website. Highly recommend...  more »

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Tivoli is so close to Rome that you can easily explore it from one of the capital city's comfortable budget hotels. If you wish to stay in Tivoli itself, consider booking your room at a family-run inn, an affordable alternative to the area's more expensive big-chain hotels. Most of the city's hotels are located outside the historical town center, so if you want quick access to Tivoli's tourist sites, try to stay near a public bus or train station, or consider renting a car for the duration of your trip.
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