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Villa Adriana

Tivoli, Rome

Giardino storico
Pet Friendly
Wheelchair accessible

The Villa was the suburban residence of Emperor Hadrian (reign: 117 - 138 A.D.), who began its construction near Tivoli when he returned to Rome in July 118. It originally consisted of magniloquent residential structures, luxurious thermal buildings, majestic nymphaea, hanging gardens, pleasure pavilions and plenty of fountains with water games. The architectural complex, which extended over roughly 120 hectares (presently one third is open to the public), was probably conceived by the Emperor himself as a demonstration of Power.

When the original complex was abandoned, nature gradually reappropriated the site which thus lost its identity and became known as Old Tivoli. Due to a new sensibility and the rediscovery of the impressive ruins in the time of Pope Pius II Piccolomini, the area was recognised as the Imperial residence of Tivoli and became a new source of inspiration for architects and artists, attracting ever greater numbers of students and travellers. The original complex had been divided into different properties and the area converted to agricultural use with plantations of vineyards and olive groves: an ancient olive tree (known as “Alberobello”) near the Canopus is a monumental witness to this productive phase. Areas which are still gardens show the original alternation of architecture and open spaces designed within peristyles and courtyards embellished with fl owerbeds, hedges and pergolas, frequently around pools or channels of water, modelling the natural spaces of the tufaceous plain between tributaries of the nearby Aniene river. The garden surrounding the Pecile lake is exceptionally big, enclosed by a quadrangular portico, whose colonnade is now imitated by cylindrical bay trees.

Villa Adriana has been the property of theItalian State since 1870 and was listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1999. It became an integral part of the “Villa Adriana e Villa d'Este” Institute, MiC, in 2016.

By Car
From Rome: take the A24 motorway and exit at the Tivoli toll booth. Drive along the Maremmana Inferiore road for about 2.5 km until you reach the hamlet of Villa Adriana and then follow the directions for the site. Alternatively, you can take the via Tiburtina as far as the hamlet of Villa Adriana.
From L'Aquila: take the A24 motorway, exit at the Tivoli toll booth, drive along the Maremmana Inferiore road for about 2.5 km until you reach the hamlet of Tivoli Villa Adriana and then follow the directions for the site.

Parking facilities: There is a convenient pay parking lot in front of the entrance to the Villa.

Public Transport
By BUS from Rome: Take the subway, Metro B, and get off at the station of Ponte Mammolo, then take the Co.Tra.L. bus via Prenestina (preferable), which stops about 300 m from the entrance to the Villa; otherwise take the Co.Tra.L bus via Tiburtina or via the motorway, which stops on the Via Tiburtina near the hamlet of Tivoli Villa Adriana, then proceed on foot for about 2 km.

BY TRAIN from Stazione Termini or from Stazione Tiburtina until reaching the railway station of Tivoli. After this, take one of the local buses (CAT 4 or CAT 4 X) which stop at the entrance to the site. You can also take a Co.Tra.L bus via Prenestina, which stops about 300 m from the entrance to the site or use one of the other Rome-Tivoli bus service lines, which stop on the Via Tiburtina about 2 km from the entrance. Alternatively, you can travel by train to the station of Bagni di Tivoli (Tivoli Terme) and then use the Rome -Tivoli-via Tiburtina Co.Tra.L bus service
Opening hours
The Archaeological Area of Hadrian's Villa is open daily:

  • 1 December 2023 - 28 January 2024
    8.15 a.m. - 5 p.m. (last admission 3.45 p.m.)
    Mouseia 9.15 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.
  • 29 January 2024 - 25 February 2024
    8.15 a.m. - 5.30 p.m. (last entry 4.15 p.m.)
    Mouseia 9.15 - 17.00
  • 26 February 2024 - 30 March 2024
    8.15 a.m. - 6.30 p.m. (last entry at 5.15 p.m.)
    Mouseia 9.15 - 18.00
  • 31 March 2024 . 15 September 2024
    8.15 a.m. - 7.30 p.m. (last entry 6.15 p.m.)
    Mouseia 9.15 - 19.00
Full price: € 15.00
Reduced (18-25 years): € 2.00
Gratuity and reductions as per state regulations

Free admission on the first Sunday of the month
Contact us
L.go Marguerite Yourcenar, 1
00019 Tivoli (RM)

T. +39 0774 19804
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