Summer time in Rome can be very hot and the best way to make the most of your Roman Vacation and appreciate the cool Roman breeze while indulging yourself in Roman history is to take a Rome day trip to the hilltop ancient Roman town of Tivoli to visit the Roman Hadrian’s Villa.
Built 3000 years ago, the little hill town of Tivoli is about 25 kilometers outside Rome.
A fascinating drive along the ancient Tiburtina road, enjoying the Roman countryside, will bring you to the spectacular Villa Adriana, the most amazing serene place you could ever imagine, and the perfect spot for an alfresco Italian lunch!
Villa Adriana is an exceptional complex of classical buildings created in the 2nd Century A.D. by the great architect-emperor Hadrian as his summer retreat from the city life.
Bigger than the whole city of Pompeii, the Villa recreated the sights of Emperor Hadrian’s travels throughout the Roman Empire. Adorned with statues, mosaics, fountains and pools, it included palaces, thermal, theatre, temples, libraries, and quarters for courtiers, praetorians and slaves in the form of the ‘ideal city’.
Since 1999 Hadrian’s Villa is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site! It was proclaimed “a masterpiece that uniquely brings together the highest expressions of the material cultures of the Mediterranean world.”
When in Rome then do not miss this enchanting excursion! Villa Adriana is open daily from 9am until one hour before sunset, is closed Mondays.
Nearby Attractions: Villa d’Este listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a fine example of Renaissance architecture and garden design. www.villadestetivoli.info
The newly reopened Villa Gregoriana Park, a privileged and obliged destination of many Grand Tour travelers.
Where to Eat:
• Restaurant La Tenuta di Roccabruna | Outside Hadrian’s Villa Entrance | Euros 35
• Bring a bottle of water as there are no bars inside the Villa
• Wear comfy shoes as there’s a lot to walk inside the Villa
• Try the local white wine from the Castelli Romani