The Villas of Tivoli and the Vatican MuseumsPosted: July 5, 2011
We started from Viareggio around 13.15 and after work. At 16.30 we were at Villa Adriana.
The villa was built by the emperor Hadrian between 118 and 134 AD; it consists of a collection of buildings like the baths (Small and Large Spa baths), the library, the Canopus, a large pool surrounded by the remains of a portico and Caryatids, several temples, the Teatro Marittimo.
Inside the Museum of the Canopus, located at the same side of Canopus, there are exposed statues found in the same place.
A visit to this villa is very scenic and takes us back in time to the glories of the Empire.
After a long walk it was time to go to the hotel. Early in the morning we took the car, in about 15 minutes, we were in Rome.
This morning we visited the Vatican Museums. we admired all that is possible: the ancient statues, the Egyptian Museum, the Etruscan Museum, Raphael Rooms, the Hall of Maps, the Sistine Chapel, the Belvedere Courtyard, the Art Gallery, etc… You do not need any comment, works of art speak for themselves!
In the afternoon, back to Tivoli, we visited Villa d’Este. The villa is adjacent to the Duomo, in the pedestrian zone, so if you arrive by car you can park nearby.
Villa d’Este was built by Cardinal Ippolito d’Este, son of Lucrezia Borgia and Alfonso I, Duke of Ferrara, in 1550. The designer was Pirro Logorio. The rooms of the villa are beautiful, but the real spectacle is offered by the garden, with plants and fountains, including the Avenue of the Hundred Fountains, the Fountain of the Organ piano, so named because here was located an organ piano played by a mechanical mechanism operated by water, the fountain Rometta, reproduces, in miniature, some buildings of Ancient Rome.