Traveling along via Tiburtina from Rome we will head to Tivoli, an ancient holiday destination for Roman nobility and emperors, most famous for its villas. The visit will start with Villa Adriana and proceed to Villa D’Este.
The Villa Adriana is a complex of classical buildings created in the 2nd century A.D. by the Roman emperor Hadrian that carried functions as a retreat from Rome. It combines the best elements of the architectural heritage of Egypt, Greece and Rome. The villa contained hot baths, libraries, an immense portico, rows of columns and many other complex buildings. Villa Adriana is inscribed into UNESCO World Heritage Committee.
Villa D’Este, was built in 1550 by Pirro Ligorio for Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este on the site of the Benedictine monastery. It was intended for entertaining and contains lavishly frescoed reception rooms. Surrounded by some of the most beautiful Renaissance gardens in Italy, the villa later became an early model for the development of European gardens. There are about 500 fountains on the site. Artists like Gian Lorenzo Bernini contributed to the beautification of the villa. Together with Villa Adriana, Villa D’Este is under protection of UNESCO World Heritage Committee.
duration: 6 hours
private tour max 6 people
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