Tivoli and Villa d’Este


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Tivoli is a historic hilltown in the Lazio region of Italy, and is one of the most popular destinations for daytrips from Rome. Tivoli’s two most famous tourist attractions are the magnificent gardens of the Villa d’Este and the extensive ruins of Hadrian’s Villa (known as the Villa Adriana).
Tivoli is situated on the Aniene river to the east of Rome, in the Monti Tiburtini hills where the climate is fresher than Rome’s. For this reason, the area was popular from ancient times onwards with Rome’s moneyed classes, who built summer retreats in the area. As the town was on a major trading route from Rome to the Abruzzi, Tivoli has always been an important settlement. Modern Tivoli has around 50,000 inhabitants, and spreads out far beyond the crumblingly picturesque historical centre. In the suburb of Bagni di Tivoli, on the plains below the town centre, it is still possible to bathe in natural thermal springs. The fourth century BC town wall is still visible, as are temples from the second century BC.
There is plenty to occupy the visitor in Tivoli for a day, even if they miss out one of the two famous villas. Travellers keen to see all the sights of the area should note that the Villa Adriana is actually a bus ride outside town; and they may find their day stretched to an uncomfortable length. Some visitors choose to stay in Tivoli, away from the bustle of Rome; if you are very keen on spending a long time at the monuments, or planning to travel onwards through Italy this may be an option worth considering.

Villa d’Este
The Renaissance Villa d’Este was built in the 1550s for Cardinal Ippolito d’Este, the son of Lucretia Borgia. Built over a Benedictine convent, the palace was intended for entertaining and contains lavishly frescoed reception rooms. The main attraction for visitors, however, is the breathtaking garden. Designed to impress the Cardinal’s guests, the Villa d’Este’s gardens are composed almost exclusively of water features. Fountains of every description dazzle the onlooker, from the grand ‘Fountain of the Dragons’ and ‘Hundred Fountains’, to a miniature watery reproduction of Rome. The centrepiece, the gigantic Water Organ Fountain, cascades down a huge drop into quiet, shady pools.

La antigua Tibur, o actual Tivoli, es una ciudad del Lacio, en Italia, en la provincia de Roma, con unos 55.500 habitantes. Está en la orilla izquierda del río Aniene (antiguo Anio) al noreste de Roma.
Fue una localidad romana de gran belleza por su paisaje agreste, de bosques escalonados y cascadas, lo que le daba un clima más fresco que en la sucia y populosa Roma. Se convirtió en lugar favorito de veraneo en los tiempos del Imperio romano. En ella tuvieron sus villas muchos personajes romanos, entre los que cabe mencionar al emperador Adriano y al poeta Quinto Horacio Flaco (65–8 a. C.). Las modernas obras hidráulicas de captación de agua desecaron muchos de los viejos manantiales y el paisaje del lugar ha variado sensiblemente.

Villa de Este es una villa situada en Tívoli, cerca de Roma. Declarada Patrimonio de la Humanidad, es una pieza maestra de la arquitectura italiana y especialmente del diseño de jardines

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