Jun 17, 2010

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Tivoli magnificence of art and nature

Tivoli magnificence of art and nature

Tivoli is a small medieval town located about 20 miles from Rome. In ancient times Tivoli (at that time called Tibur) was chosen by emperor Hadrian as location for his extraordinary villa. At the foot of the Tiburtini hills by the quarries of travertine today lay the mere ruins of Hadrian’s palace. Now days they are just a hint of the grandeur and beauty of this magnificent house. Construction had lasted almost the entire reign of Hadrian. The project, probably emperor’s own design was to reproduce all of the monuments and sites he had admired during his voyages around the Roman Empire and revoke memories of the happy times.

Next stop is in the centre of Tivoli where Villa d’Este is situated. Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este, grandson to the pope Alexander VI Borgia after abandoning the ambition of becoming pope moved to Tivoli. Not satisfied with the humble monastery given him as residence decided to transform it into one of the most astonishing Renaissance palaces. The Villa’s countless fountains, set in the heart of magnificent Italian style garden create a delightful symphony of leafs, carved stone, shade, sunlight and water play.

Tivoli itinerary: Hadrian’s Villa,Villa d’Este and upon request Villa Gregoriana. Time of the tour: all day. To book this tour click here…

Click here to link to the web page of the archeological site of Hadrian’s Villa.

Click here to link to the web page of Villa d’Este.

Fountain of the Tiburtine Sybil

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