This tour includes the visit of two of the most important villas in Tivoli: Villa d’Este and Villa Adriana. The first one, built in 1560, is included in the UNESCO world heritage list. With its impressive concentration of fountains, grottoes, plays of water, constitutes a much- copied model for European gardens.
Departure from your hotel in Rome to Tivoli (1 hour by car). And you will visit the two Villas. Villa Adriana was the home of the Emperor. It was a complex of over 30 buildings, and was the greatest Roman example of an Alexandrian garden, recreating a sacred landscape.
The story of Hadrianus is undoubtedly one of the most romantic gay stories of the ancient history. Adriano and Antinous were very close: Antinous was Hadrianus’ hunting companion and traveler partner, but not only. In fact, the love Hadrianus felt for the young Antinous was such that, after the untimely death of Antinous drowned in the Nile, he deified him and founded a cult by erecting monuments in his honor: Villa Adriana.
The wonderful Villa Adriana in Tivoli, near Rome is the Roman villa that Hadrianus had it built in memory of his beloved. Here you will see the significant structure “the Canopus” which was an evocation of the Nile River where you can find the town of Canopus. Built in memory of his visit to Egypt where Antinous passed away .
In 1998, the remains of what archaeologists claimed to be the monumental tomb of Antinous, or a temple to him, were discovered at the Villa: it was the symbol of the great love of Hadrianus for the young man.
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The villas are located in Tivoli, near Rome.
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