Villa d’Este, masterpiece of the Italian Garden, is included in the UNESCO world heritage list. With its impressive concentration of fountains, nymphs, grottoes, plays of water, and music, it constitutes a much-copied model for European gardens in the mannerist and baroque styles.
The garden is generally considered within the larger –and altogether extraordinary– context of Tivoli itself: its landscape, art and history which includes the important ruins of ancient villas such as the Villa Adriana, as well as a zone rich in caves and waterfalls displaying the unending battle between water and stone. The imposing constructions and the series of terraces above terraces bring to mind the hanging gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient world. The addition of water– including an aqueduct tunneling beneath the city — evokes the engineering skill of the Romans themselves.
The Emperor Hadrian built this country villa for himself and his court, and it bears unique testimony to the grandeur and architectural and decorative characteristics of the period. Today it exists as an immense park, extending over 80 hectares and dotted with several Roman ruins as well as spas and houses from the 1700s and all set in an environment charged with ancient fascination.
The grounds also contain the “Teatro Marittimo”, an artificial island which was a private residence of the Emperor as well as other interesting locations such as “Canopo”, a huge rectangular pool encircled by sculptures which recall the Serapeo.Excavations, still in course, have brought to light an intricate system of roads which lead to the imperial residence.
Suggested meeting time @09.00am
Full day Tour Option 6 Hours.
Licensed English speaking driver of the team who will show you and offer a complete illustration and a deeper understanding of the different aspects of the area.
Private Vehicle, all fuel, parking, pick up and drop off at the hotel.
Lunch & Entrance fees.
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