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Tour Duration: 5 hours
- Hadrian’s Villa
- Villa d’Este
Thanks to this tour you will discover Tivoli, the ancient Roman town “Tibur”, where Emperors and Popes built their suburban villas. The Emperor Hadrian built this country villa, Villa Adriana, for himself and his court and, nowadays it is a great example of the beautiful architectural and decorative characteristics of the period. Today it is an immense park of over 80 hectares dotted with several Roman ruins as well as spas and houses from the 1700s, everything set in an environment rich in ancient fascination. Inside the Villa you can also admire the “Teatro Marittimo”, an artificial island which was a private residence of the Emperor, the “Canopo”, a huge rectangular pool encircled by sculptures which recall the Serapeo and a museum which houses an extraordinary collection of various decorative objects from the villa itself. Excavations, still in course, have brought to light an intricate system of roads which lead to the imperial residence. After Hadrian’s Villa, you will visit the wonderful Villa d’Este, that offers the view of one of the most beautiful Renaissance gardens of Europe. Hundreds of fountains and secular trees decorate the villa of the Cardinal Ippolito d’Este, the son of the famous Lucrezia Borgia. The imposing constructions and the series of terraces above terraces bring to mind the hanging gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient world. The addition of water– including an aqueduct tunneling beneath the city evokes the engineering skill of the Romans themselves. Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este, after the disappointment of a failed bid for the papacy, brought back to life here the splendor of the courts of Ferrara, Rome and Fontainebleau and revived the magnificence of Hadrian’s Villa. Governor of Tivoli from 1550, he immediately nurtured the idea of realizing a garden in the hanging cliffs of the “Valle gaudente”, but it was only after 1560 that his architectural and iconographic program became clear—brainchild of the painter-architect-archeologist Pirro Ligorio and realized by court architect Alberto Galvani. The rooms of the Palace were decorated under the tutelage of the stars of the late Roman Mannerism, such as Livio Agresti, Federico Zuccari, Durante Alberti, Girolamo Muziano, Cesare Nebbia and Antonio Tempesta. The work was almost complete at the time of the Cardinal’s death (1572).
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