Tivoli Este villa – Hadrian’s villa
Heritage of UNESCO, this is the example of the ‘500 villa with interesting mannerist frescoes. the villa and the garden were projected by Pirro Ligorio who started working in 1550 for the cardinal Ippolito d’Este and both inspired the fashion of the Italian garden in all Europe. The garden is also famous for its wonderful water games.
This big fountain made by Bernini in a shape of a big bowl is at the beginning of the stairs leading to the italian garden.
A fanciful description of Rome: the marble boat representing the Isola Tiberina is surrounded by fake roman ruins and spectacular spouting of water.
A semicircular structure in three levels where the running water creates an imposing scenography.
The most spectacular and impressive of all the fountains. Located at the end of the tanks of fish ponds, is launching its powerful jets to the terrace above, where the mechanical device is running (at fixed times) of the same melodies created by the water fountain.
Four large stone dragons, gathered around a central jet, throw jets of water from the mouths at the center of the basin flanked by two staircases. Built in less than a month for the visit of Pope Gregory XIII Boncompagni, whose coat of arms is a dragon.
A long line of 100 water spouts lining the avenue above, spurting water from three different levels, covered with maidenhair and decorated with the symbols of Este: the lily and the eagle.
TIVOLI VILLA ADRIANA
On 120 hectars the Villa built by Hadrian reminded the emperor the places and the buildings that most impressed him along his long journey through the roman empire.
Stoà pekilè reminds the famous and painted porch in Athens. The surviving wall is on a big slope of the hill.
The rooms are on the slope of Pecile. Accessible from the outside, through stairs and balconies in wood these rooms were the slaves area.
It is the most suggestive place of the villa. A circular moat with a house on a small Island in the centre was the emperor’s refuge.
Attractive spas, where water was heated by sunlight.
Environments impressive, with vaulted cruises and stucco still visible in some parts.
The replica of the popular resort in Egypt. Decorated with a colonnade decorated with statues, including copies of the Caryatid ‘Erechtheus of Athens, was completed by a large nymph with triclinium summer and a temple dedicated to Serapis…