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“A bit like Ostia Antica, yet in the nice setting of Tivoli”
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Villa Adriana
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Tivoli Day Trip from Rome: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este
Ranked #3 of 51 things to do in Tivoli
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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."
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“A bit like Ostia Antica, yet in the nice setting of Tivoli”
Reviewed August 19, 2014

Villa Adriana (aka Hadrian's Villa in English) reminds me a bit of Ostia Antica, except that this one has ruins of a large private villa rather than of an actual public town. It's a nice place to walk around and leisurely rest on the benches. And in my opinion, the pools/fountains are the nicest part.

If you're visiting all 3 villas in Tivoli (Villa Adriana, Villa d'Este and Villa Gregoriana), note that this is the largest of the three and it's the one that's the most open and exposed. So it's best to go in early day or late afternoon when the sun is less strong.

Note that they don't have any restaurant to buy food/water, so bring your own if you plan to stay the full day (which is easy to do since it's so large)!

Visited July 2014
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“Not just a Villa - the site of a Summer City”
Reviewed August 17, 2014

I loved my visit to Hadrian's Villa and the only reason I give it a 4 not 5 star is because it is really the site of a small town so it takes a lot of time to walk around and therefore might not suit everyone. The Emperor Hadrian established his Villa in Tivoli to enable himself work and study away from the unbearable noise and heat - and no doubt stench - of the City of Rome in 40c plus of humid heat! Evidently he established an efficient postal system that enabled him to keep in daily contact with those left behind in the City as well as amazing cooling water features to blow the minds of visiting dignitaries.{ If only Italy today was so good at post and plumbing(!)}
The site took us about four hours to walk around with our excellent Professor as a guide explaining what all the ruins used to be and trying to imagine how incredible they would have looked with their original marble and mosaic shimmering in the sunshine. Sadly there is very little cladding left on any of the buildings after nearly 2,000 years of looting but it is a wonderful thing to imagine - and very well worth the entrance fee to visit.

Visited July 2014
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“One can imagine the taste of the man”
Reviewed August 16, 2014

When one realises that some of these magnificant structures, which are not simple, were built nearly 2,000 years ago, it makes the spectacle even more amazing. Hadrian definately loved beautiful things and some of them remain here for us to see today. A lovely day out from Rome and nice place to eat right at the entrance.

Visited August 2014
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“Ok ”
Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I weren't overly impressed but everyone has their own opinion. The ruins are definitely impressive but that's all there is. If you are really into Roman history then it's probably good to visit. We didn't think it was worth the steep 12€ entry fee per person especially when it costs the same to enter Villa d Este which is spectacular. No comparison between the two.

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Reviewed August 6, 2014

A steep walk up the hill and one comes to a beautiful setting where the ruins of the villa are. so quiet and peaceful, one views the large pool, the many ruins nd just marvels at the history. It certainly must have been a great place to escape the heat of Rome. The ingenuity to build this complex is amazing.A must see.

Visited July 2014
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