Hadrian’s Villa, or Villa Adriana, is perhaps the best-preserved Roman villa complex in the world. Built in the early 2nd century, the villa was the central hub of power in the Roman world for the latter years of Emperor Hadrian’s reign.
Hadrian’s Villa covers almost 250 acres and consists of over 30 buildings and a number of other points of interest. It includes a large colonnaded swimming pool, libraries, the Palestra and the famous Maritime Theatre. Most intriguing of all are the remains of the Emperor’s small island retreat – including his personal toilet – which served as Hadrian’s private escape from the stress of Imperial life.
Not the easiest site to access, and not among the most famous of Rome’s attractions, Hadrian’s Villa is nevertheless a startling tribute to the power of the Roman Empire and the magnificence that could be brought to bear by its leaders.
Be warned, to fully explore Hadrian’s Villa will take you at least three hours and can be quite physically strenuous in the summer heat, so make sure you take plenty to drink.
Tour companies offer convenient trips to Hadrian’s Villa from Rome. If you travel yourself by car, take the A24 to the Tivoli exit (towards SP51) and follow signs to "villa adriana". Using public transport, take the Metro line B to Ponte Mammolo and from there take the bus towards Via Prenestina.
€10 Adults; 9am-5pm Summer, 9am - 3pm Winter
Via Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy
+39 0774 530 203
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