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, Pennsylvania1,064 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, Sweden231 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, Ohio820 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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Peter L
Gold Coast, Australia20 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Upon arrival at the ticket office at 9.30am, we were greeted by a very rude lady completely uninterested in her job. Once we paid for our tickets and asked if there was a guide or a map to negotiate the huge site we were simply told "no".
Once inside the gates we travelled up the hill to a hut where there were some vending machines, after losing 5 Euros in the change machine, not one of the many staff on site were prepared to assist, just saying you have to contact a company in Rome!
The site is amazing and breath taking, the renovation work care is second to none, it is such a shame despite the millions of Euros and countless hours of hard work and research that has been poured into this project that it has been completely let down by the staff in the office and on site. It is quite shameful and very disrespectful and if these staff members are that bored and uninterested they should look for new careers.
Written 18 February 2020
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4is
Terracina, Italy243 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Wonderful place to visit. Grandeur of Roman Empire and emperors is clearly in front of your eyes. It is a huge place worth half a day for a careful visit.
Alas, it lacks of the most elementary information (signs are all discolourered and almost unreadable, maps and pictures clearly insufficient...). Even the model reconstructing the site was barely accessible with the excuse of the pandemic situation. I don't understand why there is no care in maintaining and giving more value to such historical places! What about some reconstruction, even images but better Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality, so easily implemented today. I think young architecture and history students will be more than happy to cooperate, at a very reasonable cost, if not for free!
Written 29 December 2021
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Casaubon
Riga, Latvia4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
Quite a wast territory. As we were here in February, out of the busiest season, it was really a pleasant walk amidst ancient picturesque ruins. We had also a hike back to Tivoli. The late afternoon vista from a nearby hill is still one of my favourite memories from this travel to Rome.
Written 26 January 2020
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Oliver S
New York City, NY11,312 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends

I know, many will disagree with this, but I call it as I see it. A UNESCO site, the advertisement says. Well, if it’s so important, why can they not provide some kind of light shuttle (like golf carts, or something), the site is extensive, and I mean extensive. You see very little, being the human ant that we all are. There is nobody around to answer questions or give directions. Bathrooms are difficult to find, the Museum is a joke with its plaster replicas. The tourist busses are non stop, so it’s not like they lack income… €13 for non residents You are much better off watching a good documentary on Youtube, Alberto Angela’s comes to mind right away. Then, if you are in Tivoli, go see Villa d’Este, it’s beautiful and relaxing. .
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Written 13 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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Katrina B
Edinburgh, UK90 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022 • Couples
Interesting place to visit. Amazing ruins, and the odd mosaic. Could do with better signage - there is a pond with statues on the front of the map they give you when you buy your ticket that we couldn’t find and gave up as it was such a hot day (38 degrees) with little shade. Don’t wear sandals - I spent a lot of the time with lots of tiny stones in mine. €10 pp for a basic ticket plus €3 for car parking. Not particularly busy though which was a nice change for a tourist spot.
Written 4 July 2022
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Natalie E
Klerksdorp, South Africa44 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
I was really looking forward to this. But disappointing is the only way I can describe it. There is very little information and the map is confusing, you feel like a detective trying to translate what is on the paper to what you are experiencing, it was almost impossible, it felt very out of context. Information was limited, I heard multiple people including ourselves repeatedly ask what we are looking at and what it means. There should have been an audio guide or better signage… I would not recommend a visit without a guide!
Written 7 October 2022
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Mary R
Philadelphia, PA1,064 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023
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!
Written 27 July 2023
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TobiasWallin
Uppsala, Sweden231 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023
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".
Written 2 August 2023
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Brun066
Florence, Italy13,213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
In the gardens of the past, the "places speaking about other places" are certainly not unique. Just think of the splendid tradition of English “Landscape gardens”, which aim to reproduce in the landscapes they create the splendor of the landscapes “painted” by Claude Lorrain or by other artists. Or, on the other hand, the swimming pool of the royal palace in Kandy (Sri Lanka) which wants to evoke the primeval “sea of ​​milk” on which Buddhist cosmology is based.
But the reproduction in his villa by Hadrian of famous places really existing in the ancient world is probably the first one, at least in the Western world. His aim, like that of the landlords who built English landscape gardens, also seems free from theological concerns: it's a reproduction of "beautiful places" based on individual and secular feelings: those of the emperor. At least, that's what we are allowed to imagine.
I visited Hadrian's Villa for the second time in my life in February 2022, and this time, missing the “discovery” component, I was able to reflect better on how the Villa looks today.
Except in some parts (the Canopus in primis, and then the "Villa dell'Isola", the so called "Piazza d'oro", the small and large spas, part of the Pecile and the substructures that lie beneath it), the whole of the Villa is difficult to read today, due to the depredations that took place in almost 2000 years. So the visitor's feeling is conditioned by this deficit of readability. It's therefore all the more important to work by imagination, documenting oneself, adequately before the visit, or making use of a skilled and in-depth guided tour: and in any case drawing inspiration in advance from the sublime "Memoirs of Hadrian" by Marguerite Yourcenar; book that, as the result of a dream, but a documented dream, will allow you to dream even while walking through these places.
Written 19 October 2022
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