Roman Emperor Hadrian built Villa Adriana to be his residence. Covering 300 acres, the grounds boast sculptures and architecture. Only 16km from Rome, the hillside town of Tivoli was home to Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century A.D. Villa Adriana is an archetypal display of Roman luxury comprised of 30 buildings. The Villa Adriana is a masterpiece that uniquely brings together the highest expressions of the material cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world. The villa is an absolute must-see excursion while visiting Rome.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Villa Adriana is magnificent not only its physical opulence but also provides an illustrious understanding of Emperor Hadrian's motivations, the villa itself, and the history of Rome. The grounds of the Imperial Palace covered an area of 120 hectares (300 acres) upon completion and were filled with full-scale reproductions of the emperor's favorite buildings from Greece and Egypt. His visits throughout these ancient cities inspired the finest architecture of the Roman world. Over the course of 15 years, the palace, bathhouses, a theatre, basilica, libraries, statues, pools, and plenty of room for staff and guests were built. Along our tour, we will earn why Hadrian constructed his residence while in Tivoli and discover the cause of riotous turbulence at the time of the emperor's succession. You will have the chance to experience Hadrian's masterpiece that masterfully brings together various cultures of the Mediterranean world.