Villa Adriana (Hadrian's Villa)

Roman Site in Tivoli


The sprawling complex known as Hadrian’s Villa, constructed in the 2nd century AD by the well-traveled Roman Emperor Hadrian, occupies an expansive area spanning 120 hectares. Inspired by the diverse architectural wonders he encountered during his journeys across the ancient world, Hadrian endeavored to recreate these marvels within the confines of his villa, drawing particularly from the rich traditions of Greece and Egypt.

In his quest to emulate the grandeur of distant lands, Hadrian commissioned the replication of some of the finest Greek sculptures, many of which are now preserved in museums across Rome, outlasting their original counterparts. UNESCO, in recognizing the significance of Hadrian’s Villa, lauded its unique synthesis of architectural styles from Egypt, Greece, and Rome, hailing it as an “ideal city” that embodies the pinnacle of ancient architectural heritage.

While much of Hadrian’s Villa now lies in ruins, the remnants of its once-magnificent structures are interspersed amidst lush greenery, creating an enchanting ambiance akin to a romantic garden rather than a conventional archaeological site. Although some buildings have undergone restoration or reconstruction efforts, the majority of the complex stands as a testament to the passage of time and the enduring legacy of Hadrian’s vision.

To fully grasp the splendor of the villa, visitors are encouraged to begin their exploration by studying a detailed model near the entrance, providing insight into the layout and architecture of the site. As they traverse the grounds, they will encounter a wealth of archaeological treasures, including mosaics, baths, a nymphaeum, fountains, colonnades, and statues. Of particular note is the Maritime Theater, a serene oasis featuring a pool with an island where Hadrian sought solace from the burdens of governance, offering a glimpse into the private sanctuaries of the ancient elite.

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Visiting Villa Adriana (Hadrian's Villa)


Winter: 8.15am – 5.00pm (last entry 3.45pm); Museum 9.15am – 4.30pm

Summer: 8.15am – 7.30pm (last entry 6.15pm); Mouseia 9.15am – 7.00pm



Address: Villa Adriana, Hadrian's Villa, Largo Marguerite Yourcenar, Tivoli, Metropolitan City of Rome Capital, Italy
Duration: 20 minutes
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