Routes by car – From Rome to Tivoli, the sites of villas

In about sixty kilometers you can switch from Rome city centre to areas equally rich in history and ancient culture. Just about an hour to reach Tivoli from the eternal city, passing through more wonders of the lazio region, as Palestrina, and admire ancient palaces, aqueducts, parks, and villas of every age. It will be so easy to turn a short trip into a tiring day, a stroll through history: as always, we recommend that you check in advance the openings of the places of interest.

Large villas and beautiful gardens. The surroundings of the capital have always done everything not to be outdone, the results are often excellent, as in the case of Tivoli. Let’s go, then.

At the gates of the eternal city. You leave the metropolitan area with the name of the branch South of Rome on the Autostrada del sole, which you leave at the exit of San Cesareo, where the s.p. 215 and s.r. 155 you get to Palestrina. The eye is immediately attracted to the Palazzo Colonna Barberini, seat of the archaeological Museum of Palestrina, and was built in the XI century (the actual appearance of the sixteenth-century is due to a radical restructuring) in the place where stood the sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia. This last monument of the II century.C. they are, however, still visible in some areas.

From the aqueducts to the villas. After a stop in the Cathedral of Sant’agapito (XI century), we will resume our bikes on the s.p. 55 in the direction of Gallicano nel Lazio, the ancient roman municipium, which preserves many traces of that period. Here is spectacular, though little known, the path of the roman aqueducts (Anio Vetus, Aqua Marcia, Anio Novus and Aqua Claudia), and arouse the admiration of the four bridges back to the same era. Exceeded then Corcolle, there is going to Tivoli, which was preceded by the Villa Adriana was built between 118 and 138 d.C., is the best known among the roman houses in the area, and extends over a surface of 120 hectares, of which 40 are accessible to the public, who can admire a large number of buildings, baths, pavilions and fountains, connected by a smooth path of visit. In Tivoli you can admire the renaissance Villa d’este, with its gardens, and the nineteenth-century Villa Gregoriana, within a large park including the ruins of the residence of Publius Manlio vopisco ” who was the.

To see: Villa d’este, a triumph of fountains. Everything was a disappointment. The cardinal Ippolito II d’este, who was defeated by a conclave in which he thought of becoming pope, he retired on the grounds of the Villa d’este, at Tivoli, and decided to replicarvi the pomp of the courts of Ferrara, Rome and Fontainebleau. It was the 1550 and the steep slopes around the villa helped the work of the architects, who were able to give vent to imagination and create a great concentration of fountains, nymphs, caves and water games. The result is an authentic open-air museum, with works built between the XVI and the XVIII century. The Fountain of Neptune is perhaps the most spectacular, but will remain in the heart and also the Fountain of the Dragons, overlooking the fish ponds, the panoramic Fountain of the Rometta and the more secluded Fountain of Ovate.


Total distance: 64.6 km

Travel time: 1 hour (stops excluded)

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Source: Quattroruote.en – Edited by Anthon K.