villa adriana hadrians villa

Villa Adriana (Hadrian’s Villa) [Tivoli, Italy]

Villa Adriana, or in English known as Hadrian's Villa, was the Roman Emperor Hadrian's retreat from Rome until he moved there permanently in AD 128. It was subsequently occupied by a few successors but fell into a state of disrepair during the 4th century (decline of the Roman Empire). The site was used for building materials, and valuables were taken. Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este (remember him from Villa d'Este?) had many of the remaining statues and marble were taken for his villa.…

Villa d'Este

Villa d’Este [Tivoli, Italy]

Back in 2014, I was living in England and took a trip back to Rome. It is shocking I have not written about Rome yet but that article will come when I figure out how to organize 1000's of pictures of everything I have seen there and around Italy. Suggestions are more than welcome. Back to the matter at hand, during this trip, I went to Tivoli, a town east of Rome to visit Villa d'Este, a UNESCO World Heritage…