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Wouldn't Gary McGavin love this?
On the third day of our travels in Rome, we managed to get back out to Tivoli to see Villa d'Este and Hadrian's Villa. Villa d'Este was quite beautiful and so green! This mostly had to do with the fact that there was a fountain nearly everywhere you looked. The pictures only show a few of my favorites since, for the first time ever, I ran out of space on my memory card! I didn't bring my computer to Rome so I had three days worth of pics clogging up the card. The air even smelled green there. It was an incredible waste of water but it was spectacularly beautiful. The villa itself was also very beautifully decorated with frescoes in every room. There was no real view of the exterior so I'm not sure of it's setting.
One of the many fountains at Villa d'Este
The garden was all down hill from the villa and there was so much growth every where that there is no real view of it.
After lunch we dropped down the hill a bit to Hadrian's Villa. It was of course all ruins now unlike the totally intact Villa d'Este. The model shown in the pictures was really to large to easily photograph and definitely to large to comprehend given what is left. Although it is fairly well intact, given it's age, it is hard to reconstruct what it was in your mind. Especially when there are groves of olive trees grown all throughout the once interior spaces. There was one room of one building that I saw that had an halfway intact vaulted ceiling, which was very cool to see. But intact or not, it is always neat to see something that old still standing.
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Wouldnt Gary McGavin love this?
Wouldn't Gary McGavin love this?
One of the many fountains at Villa…
One of the many fountains at Vill…
Villa dEste
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Grape vines
Grape vines
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Hadrains Villa Model
Hadrain's Villa Model
Hadrains Villa Model
Hadrain's Villa Model
Hadrians Villa Wall
Hadrian's Villa Wall
A few of my fellow travelers
A few of my fellow travelers
The baths, I think.
The baths, I think.
Tivoli
photo by: davidx