More a mini city than a villa, this complex lies in Tivoli, ancient Tibur, about 25 km (16 miles) outside Rome. Built in stages between around 118 and 138 AD, it allowed Emperor Hadrian the freedom to indulge his own architectural experiments and develop influences from his travels across the Empire, in particular to Greece and Egypt. 288 more words
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The Hadrian’s Villa (Villa Adriana in Italian) is large Roman archaeological complex at Tivoli, Italy.
From Ninfa, it’s an easy hour drive to Rome, even for an unabashedly cautious Canadian driver. I had been to Rome a few times before, but having spent my formative years, as far as all things Italian go, in Tuscany, among Tuscans whose attitudes towards Rome are best left undescribed, Rome was a hard sell for me. 1,095 more words