Some 18 miles outside of the great city of Rome lies one of the greatest, but lesser known, remains of the Empire, the Villa Adriana at Tivoli. The ruins of this beautiful palace and its gardens are among the most beautiful places I have ever visited. The complex served as a retreat from the pressures of governing for the Emperor Hadrian. The palace was constructed during the 110s CE and is known for combining many of the architectural achievements of Egypt, Greece, and Rome. It wonderfully combines waterworks, landscaping, and architecture in a truly astonishing way. Take a look at the pictures below and, next time you are in Rome, get out of the city for a bit and visit this striking UNESCO World Heritage site.
Featured Image. “The Canopus.” CC BY-SA 3.0.
“The Emperor’s Abode: Hadrian’s Villa.” Discover Italy.
“Villa Adriana (Tivoli).” UNESCO.
“Canopus.” Public Domain.
“Mosaic Floor.” By Jastrow – Own work, Public Domain.
“Maritime Theatre.” By Tango7174 – Own work, GFDL.
“Villa Adriana.” By AlMare – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5.
“Approach to Villa Adriana.” CC BY-SA 3.0.