The Villas of Tivoli
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April 15th, 2010 – by: Adrian_Liston
Villa d'Este is a beautiful 16th centry villa built for Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este. The house itself is stunning, with perfectly preserved mannerist frescoes covering the walls and ceiling. The highlight of the villa is, however, certainly the gardens - the fountains and terraces of Pirro Ligorio and Tommaso Chiruchi.
Villa Adriana is now barely more than broken columns and walls, but was once the centre of world power. The Roman Emperor Hadrian disliked his palace on Palatine Hill and so commissioned an enormous Villa in Tivoli, a complex covering more than a square kilometre and more than 30 buildings. The most widely travelled of Roman Emperors, Hadrian took an active role in the architecture, pulling in design elements from around his Empire, creating a villa that so pleased him that he moved his court from Rome to Tivoli. While few original buildings are intact, partial reconstructions show that Hadrian, like the latter architects, used the flow of water from the hills to create a garden of waters.
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