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Tivoli:VillaAdriana
One of the most unforgettable side trips  
from Rome is the visit to Hadrian's Villa,
an archaeological site dating back to
the year 118 A.D.
This approximately 3-hour tour
is a short ride from Rome and may be
combined with an additional lunch in
Tivoli, followed by a visit to Villa D'Este,
famous for its luscious Renaissance
waterworks and promenades --
themselves inspired in Hadrian's Villa.

Built and perhaps even designed by the
Emperor himself in three phases
beginning in
118 A.D., Villa Adriana allows us to
appreciate the engineering knowledge of
this Roman leader and world-traveler
whose very conception of governance
seems to have been intimately connected
to his understanding of the building art!
Our stroll begins in the
Stoa Poikile and
ends with the
Canopus, the "signature"
reflecting pool named after a character
from Homer's ILIAD but fashioned
architecturally to evoke the water canal
near Alexandria, Egypt, where Hadrian's
favorite, Antinoos, accidently drowned
during one of their voyages together. A
visit to the
Maritime Theater, believed to
have served as the emperor's private
living quarters during parts of the year,
then leads to the numerous heated bath
complexes, libraries, and lavish
tricliniums for leisurely dining of this
outstanding place.
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****My walk through Villa Adriano
always includes mention, citations, and
if appropriate, brief discussion of
The
Memoirs of Hadrian
, the brilliant1957
biography of the emperor by
Belgian-born Marguerite Yourcenar. ****
The Canopus as it is now
The Stoa Poikile, designed to recall
the famous Stoa of epicurian and
stoic philosophers of ancient
Athens -- as pictured by PIRANESI
in the 1700s, when he visited the
Villa.
The Marine Theater
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