Villa Adriana

Villa Adriana, Tivoli: Hours, Address, Villa Adriana Reviews: 4.5/5

Villa Adriana
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks
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9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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This is an exceptional complex of classical buildings built in the 2nd century AD by the Roman Emperor Hadrian, which reproduces the best elements of the cultures of Egypt, Greece and Rome in the form of an "ideal city."
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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4is
Terracina, Italy246 contributions
Dec 2021
Wonderful place to visit. Grandeur of Roman Empire and emperors is clearly in front of your eyes. It is a huge place worth half a day for a careful visit.
Alas, it lacks of the most elementary information (signs are all discolourered and almost unreadable, maps and pictures clearly insufficient...). Even the model reconstructing the site was barely accessible with the excuse of the pandemic situation. I don't understand why there is no care in maintaining and giving more value to such historical places! What about some reconstruction, even images but better Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality, so easily implemented today. I think young architecture and history students will be more than happy to cooperate, at a very reasonable cost, if not for free!
Written December 29, 2021
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Dfazzie
York, UK50 contributions
Jan 2020
What a site(sight)! For 1 Euro 30 we purchased a bus ticket to the stop in Tivoli for Hadrian’s Villa. We caught the bus from the ponte de Mammalo stop on the B metro line. The driver of the bus stopped at a stop which was signposted for the Villa Adriana. Following the signs we arrived at the villa’s ticket office after a 20 minute walk.The walk was well worth the effort. Paying 10 euros each and another 5 euros for a mobile commentary we entered the grounds of the emperor’s Villa. Take your time looking at the model of the Villa because it gives you a great impression of the sheer size of the place. There are about 27 information boards dotted around the grounds giving you information about the building or scene you are looking at. Be prepared to do do a lot of walking if you want to explore. Hadrian’s visionary Villa. Having refreshments to hand would be a good idea and there are plenty of seating areas to enjoy your picnic. We returned to Rome using the same route, after purchasing our ticket from a tobacconist near the bus stop. We were surprised to find we had spent a good 3 hours enjoyed visiting this iconic historical site.
Written January 23, 2020
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Ketlin
Oslo, Norway180 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
the place is great. Not so easy to get information how to get there by the public transport though. We took train from Roma to Tivoli (approx. 2.6EUR one way), however the villa is approx. 5-6km away and you need to take bus (nr4) and tickets can be bought in the magazines kiosks around the town (there is one right by the train station when you exit), costs 1EUR one way.

without this information it is a bit difficult to get there without a car, as you cant really walk along the road. Buses depart 1-2 times an hr (I failed to understand the schedule, but it seems like it goes every 40-50 min).
Written March 4, 2020
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Peter L
Gold Coast, Australia20 contributions
Feb 2020
Upon arrival at the ticket office at 9.30am, we were greeted by a very rude lady completely uninterested in her job. Once we paid for our tickets and asked if there was a guide or a map to negotiate the huge site we were simply told "no".
Once inside the gates we travelled up the hill to a hut where there were some vending machines, after losing 5 Euros in the change machine, not one of the many staff on site were prepared to assist, just saying you have to contact a company in Rome!
The site is amazing and breath taking, the renovation work care is second to none, it is such a shame despite the millions of Euros and countless hours of hard work and research that has been poured into this project that it has been completely let down by the staff in the office and on site. It is quite shameful and very disrespectful and if these staff members are that bored and uninterested they should look for new careers.
Written February 18, 2020
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Stephen P
Minneapolis, MN999 contributions
Feb 2020
I have wanted to visit Villa Adriana ever since completing Marguerite Youcenar's novel, The Memoirs of Hadrian, which she wrote in 1951 and it is still in print. She did a strikingly skilful job of getting inside the skin of a gay man in the ancient world. In her honour, the street that brings you to Villa Adriana has been renamed after Ms. Youcenar.

This is a huge complex built by the emperor Hadrian between 118-138 C.E. Hadrian was an extraordinarily capable ruler who decided that the Roman empire was big enough and needed consolidation rather than further expansion. Towards the end of his rather long life (62 years) he personally supervised the construction of this villa which includes a residential complex, many different baths, beautiful gardens with reflecting pools, and a wonderful outdoor dining area with a reflecting pool ringed by statuary.

We were there on a Tuesday and despite the fact that there were some rather noisy high school students, but the size and variety of this place absorbed the sound and we had a beautiful, quiet afternoon. It would be a great place to bring kids of whatever age. The afternoon is a very charming time to see the ruins in the rich, low-angle sunlight.

There is a small hotel and restaurant outside the gates of the Villa. We didn't try it, but for those who are starving, it's available. I would easily return.
Written February 11, 2020
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Casaubon
Riga, Latvia4 contributions
Feb 2019
Quite a wast territory. As we were here in February, out of the busiest season, it was really a pleasant walk amidst ancient picturesque ruins. We had also a hike back to Tivoli. The late afternoon vista from a nearby hill is still one of my favourite memories from this travel to Rome.
Written January 26, 2020
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CanberraDiner
Canberra561 contributions
Dec 2021 • Couples
Hadrian’s Villa is definitely worth seeing. The site is huge! And the remains of the palace complex are very well preserved. It’s a fabulous site to see.

We went by ourselves - not on a tour. It was cheap and we saw heaps and learnt a lot from a map and an audio guide.

We took the train from Rome to Tivoli - which was easy and cheap. We then took the bus from central Tivoli to the Villa. The bus was cheap but not easy!!

Bus number 4 will take you from the Station to the Villa and back. But be warned. You can not buy tickets on the bus, you need to get them at nearby newsagents or bars. There is little to no signage or maps for the buses and the routes are really confusing. We had two bus number 4s, marked Villa Adriana refuse to take us because despite their own signage they weren’t going there! It’s not impossible, but you need to be really patient. The site is worth going though!!
Written December 20, 2021
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Kulturcat
United Kingdom111 contributions
Oct 2021
This huge site (bigger than Pompei) was almost empty when we visited. The scale of the buildings is mindbending and the site consists of multiple huge complexes. Even in its ruined state it one of the most impressive sites I have ever visited.
Written January 20, 2022
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kwiewiorowski
Poznan, Poland2,144 contributions
Jul 2021
An absolute must if you happen to be in Rome. We bought the tickets on-line. It is a huge ancient ruinous imperial complex, where you can easily spend whole day or more. We only had half day at our disposal and in a hot summer weather it was quite enough. Best come in Spring or Autumn. You do have to do quite a bit of walking so it helps to be reasonably fit. Wheelchair accessible. I am not going to describe anything in any detail as guidebooks do it better. From Hadrian’s Villa we took a taxi to Villa d’Este nearby. There is no taxi stand so we asked the guards to call it for us. Many thanks!
Written December 31, 2021
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v0gue
Boonah, Australia560 contributions
Nov 2019
I have been to Rome on several occasions but never time to visit here, this should not be missed, incredible excavation of such grandeur, breath taking views. We drove here from the north on our way back to Rome. Driving in the town of Tivoli was dreadful, but worth seeing this great park, need 3 - 4 hours to do it justice. They lived well in the day of Adriana otherwise known as Hadrian
Written February 6, 2020
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