Villa Adriana
Villa Adriana
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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."
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  • Mary R
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania1,059 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Important Imperial Complex
    Villa Adriana is an important Roman archaeological site that should definitely be seen. However, given its size and limited information, I was very happy that we had a tour guide instead of trying to attempt the visit on our own. There are many remnants of the grand design and the spectacular buildings that would have made this imperial complex an eye-catching display. Sadly, much has been destroyed, or lost, or reused elsewhere. The small museum on the property has some limited sculptural pieces. The Villa area is however, an opportunity to truly see how water played such an important part of the landscape, and how an emperor was able to creatively construct a stunning retreat whose ideas and designs would endure for millennia. Be prepared for heat and a lot of walking!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 26 July 2023
  • TobiasWallin
    Uppsala, Sweden224 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ancient luxuous villa
    The private villa of Hadrianus was totally amazing! If Donald Trump should have lived in this era, I expect him to build something like this. Severals baths, damms and fontains everywhere, and the garden was probably like a heaven. Lots of the buildings are still standing, of course with all the walls and roofs intact. But enough to see the beuty of the place. They offer a discount for stundent on some unclear premises, so make sure to discuss the entrance fee if you bring kids or students. After 20 minutes discussion where we tried to understand their system, we got three tickets for free because they studied some special curriculum that was included in the "free list".
    Visited July 2023
    Written 1 August 2023
  • LSQRD1
    Kent, Ohio821 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A look back into history
    A visit to the villa is a great way to look back into the past. There was a nice model of how it looked originally and there are some really interesting components. There was a small building with some of the statues on display (with very welcome AC). We had a guided tour so I think that helps with understanding.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Corey M
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see in Tivoli and Lazio!
    I spent a couple of hours there as it's huge and there is a lot to see. I'd recommend it to anyone. Plenty of history for an amazing experience. Getting there from Tivoli is difficult so it might be worth doing a day trip from Rome with a tour group and paying the extra money for convenience.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 October 2023
  • Katherine G
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unesco treat
    This was recommended to me by a friend and I was so lucky. No traffic from Rome, once at Villa Adriana, no crowds, blue sky and sun. Joseph the guide was excellent and the Villa is extraordinary. Had a simple but delicious meal in a local trattoria, then on to Villa D'Este. The landscaping was amazing. I would have liked to have spent longer at both place but as it was 29c, may just long enough. Then back to Rome in an air conditioned coach
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 October 2023
  • JuniorMazzagardi
    Rome, Italy351 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful ruins to be visited
    Huge ruins and you can take up to 3 hours to see everything. The sate is well taken care and preserved. The pools are enourmous and the constructions were monumental. It has enough of the old constructions to see what they were used for.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 March 2024
  • Ogi0
    Sofia, Bulgaria22,684 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An extraordinary place steeped in history
    An exceptional place, not much remains of Adriana's villa, but still these ruins are about 2000 years old. The place is huge and you need at least 3 hours to see it. There is a very convenient large parking lot right in front of the entrance.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 April 2024
  • Anne G
    Sheffield, United Kingdom87 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting history near Tivoli.
    This historic site is well worth a look, the vast Emperor Hadrian's Villa. Easy to walk the site, audio guide if needed. Lots of ruins to explore, signage could be a little better but it's a great piece of history
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 May 2024
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Lena P
Falkoping, Sweden214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
A really interesting site, but the best parts are furthest away from the entrance. It was a steep walk in the beginning, the day was really hot and in the middle of the area there was not much shade.
Written 22 June 2024
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Anne G
Sheffield, UK87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This historic site is well worth a look, the vast Emperor Hadrian's Villa. Easy to walk the site, audio guide if needed. Lots of ruins to explore, signage could be a little better but it's a great piece of history
Written 5 May 2024
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Ogi0
Sofia, Bulgaria22,684 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
An exceptional place, not much remains of Adriana's villa, but still these ruins are about 2000 years old.
The place is huge and you need at least 3 hours to see it. There is a very convenient large parking lot right in front of the entrance.
Written 13 April 2024
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MILOUW
New York City, NY1,363 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Very large Roman Villa from the Hadrian age.
The ruins are in the middle of a very large park and are thankfully shielded from modern dwellings.
There is a small but worth visiting museum.
The real problem is getting there and back using woefully inadequate public transportation.
Written 4 April 2024
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JuniorMazzagardi
Rome, Italy351 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Huge ruins and you can take up to 3 hours to see everything. The sate is well taken care and preserved. The pools are enourmous and the constructions were monumental. It has enough of the old constructions to see what they were used for.
Written 31 March 2024
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John A Carter
Lower Sackville, Canada5,225 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
A large open villa with the remains of a great summer home of a former emperor of Rome. Lots of ruins and open grass. A nice visit for the afternoon.
Written 22 March 2024
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Judy S
Wollongong, Australia56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is a huge site and well worth spending a few hours there if your itinerary allows,We stayed in accommodation next to the Villa so we spent nearly all day there,we took our lunch and found lovely seating among the olive trees .There was plenty of seating spread throughout the site Mostly ruins but the scale of the place is mind blowing Well signposted and lots of byways to explore.Take time if you can and soak in the history.
Written 27 November 2023
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Nina K
Barnet, UK4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Not as exciting as we hoped. Just bits and pieces of buildings and relics so a lot of imagination had to be used.
Written 29 October 2023
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Sconne21
Newbury, UK51 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
There are a lot of ruins here and the signage is informative. The original models that lined the 'main' water area are in the museum at the villa. There is a shop and toilets. The shop does not selling bus tickets so if you go here, make sure you have a return ticket as well. This place is over an hour from Tivoli train station and Tivoli Bagni station. Buses stop early on Sundays, apparently, and the last bus to leave this Villa leaves it at around 5.20pm, so it's no good staying right til closing time if you need the bus back to Tivoli.
The bus I was recommended back to Rome leaves every so often and to get it, you must walk straight ahead out of the villa for 1km and then cross the road. However, they finish early on Sundays according to the cashier in the Villa shop. A taxi to Tivoli station wanted 30euros.
Written 16 October 2023
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Adam S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Totally amazing site and much bigger than we expected. Make sure you have enough time and energy to explore properly!!!
Written 15 October 2023
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