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“What a pity! So beautiful and so disregarded”
Review of Villa Adriana

Villa Adriana
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Skip-the-Line: Hadrian's Villa Entrance Ticket
Ranked #3 of 52 things to do in Tivoli
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This is an exceptional complex of classical buildings built in the 2nd century AD by the Roman Emperor Hadrian, which reproduces the best elements of the cultures of Egypt, Greece and Rome in the form of an "ideal city."
Reviewed 26 April 2014

Who is the director? can not he/she see how the Villa is treated badly?
The Exhibition 'Adriano and Greece. Villa Adriana between classicism and Hellenism' is an example of a wasted heritage: beautiful objects, beautifully presented, in a hidden corner of the villa, where you come up with unclear directions, scrutinized (?) by inattentive attendants.
You can walk and discover even a car parked in the park close to the venue of the exhibition! Was it Adriano's car?
They say that there is a recorded guide, available at the entrance. is it true?

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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Hard to find the right words to describe this villa.Of course we can only imagine how it really was,but from its ruins we can tell that the "Romans" were amazing builders and that Adriano was the most powerful man on earth....Extremely interesting !

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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Worth a visit, but I would not have it on my "must see" list in Rome. I would recommend reserving a day for a trip to Villa Adriana and Villa D'Este with the best part of it reserved for D'Este.
BTW, the bus ride from Rome to Tivoli was one of the craziest trips I ever tried :) Overcrowded bus with a lot of local "color" and the most crazy Italian driver to match! Lots of fun (which you might not appreciate travelling with kids or older persons) :)

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Reviewed 21 April 2014

An excellent trip by Viator to Hadrian's Villa, an impressive complex of roman ruins not far from Rome(about 1 hour).Very well preserved the ruins suggests the magnificence of roman culture and the grandeur of an emperor from the time when the empire was at maximum extension and glory.The beautiful green hills where the complex is situated offer a pleasant view.

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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Hadrian's Villa is one of 2 ruins that are 'must-sees', the other being Ostia Antica. Between the audio guide and complementary map one can get a nice overview. As in Ostia Antica, you can walk about most of the ruins and the close-up gives a richer experience. Many mosaic floors are well preserved, notably in the guards barracks, and it is remarkable they are in such good shape after so much time.
We visited Tivoli (had lunch at Reginella on Via Sante Viola, 6, the owner's wife makes all the pasta dishes) and Villa D'este first and then took the #4 bus to Hadrian's Villa. NOTE: All fees at the villa are CASH ONLY and the nearest ATM is 1 km down the road. The Roma Pass is not valid.
My advice is to look into a coach tour. It really is a trek to go by train/blue bus (which is quite dirty). I can't imagine doing the trip in the summer heat.

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