Tivoli – Hadrian’s Villa

From Rome we took a trip down the lanes of time and went as far back as 125AD. It was Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli. The mammoth remains of Hadrian’s villa left us stupefied initially. Stupefied because, we landed here without much planning and it took us some time to focus and set ourselves on the right track so that we got to see the whole site. The various sections of this Villa is scattered across eighteen sq. km. It was like racing against time, moving around these timeless monuments, some of them yet to be excavated completely.

Some of my favorite shots from Hadrian’s Villa.

Emperor’s Hadrian’s private reading island.

Remains of the halls with fluted pillars.

Swimming Pool at Ruins of Hadrian’s Villa

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28 Responses to “Tivoli – Hadrian’s Villa

  • Amazing how lavishly the emperors lived in the old days. It's wonderful to visit ruins and make up your own story as to what the remaining walls are telling you.

    Have a lovely week.

  • Very nice Indrani…..as always.

    greetings, Joop

  • That must have been quite the villa in it's day. the remains are so photogenic. I very much like the reflections in the fifth shot. Superb!

  • Very Good pictures and post. Hope I will visit such places some time in my lifetime..! Thanks for sharing such wonderful photos.!

  • Another wonderful post about a fascinating, historical place! And as always your photos are superb! I always look forward to and am never disappointed by your travels throughout your world! Thanks, Indrani! Have a wonderful day!


  • Absolutely wonderful, Indrani. I've learned more about Hadrian today than I've ever studied about him in my life. I think I'd like my own reading island, too.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  • I didn't realize that the villa was so huge. Thanks for the wonderful photos. I really enjoy learning about historical places like this.

  • Wonderful shots. In the past it would have been fabulous palace.

  • What a gorgeous place. You can see that it was impressive and grand and just lovely…

    Wonderful shots!

  • lots of history around there.

  • A private island for reading sounds very exclusive, indeed! These crumbling walls still hold an aura of grandeur and mystery.

  • Wow! They had such creativity – a private reading island?? I'm amazed!

  • What a fascinating group of shots. That must have been a great experience to visit there.

  • Wonderful old ruins, how special it must of been way back then.

  • Lovely. I hope you have more shots of Tivoli to share.

  • The emperor Hadrian left many traces all over Europe: I saw the Hadrian Wall in Great Britain to prevent the Scots from attacking England, in Greece I saw a statue dedicated to him in Athens. Yet I know so little of him in comparison with Julius Caesar,Augustus, Tiberius,Claudius , Caligula, Nero… …The last two were very notorius for their cruelty. My knowledge of Roman history is very rusty, but thanks for brushing it up!

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  • I didn't visit Hadrian's villa but, seeing the pictures, reminds me of all the special places I visited in Greece and Italy. I feel so fortunate to have been able to travel to these place and to other parts of the world. I would always be amazed to find pieces of antiquity in the midst of modern buildings, treasures that have endured.

  • Heard about Hadrian's wall, Good to hear about his villa too. Beautifully captured, Spread over 18 Sq Kms ? That must be really very big. Loved it

  • wonderful shots indeed.

  • Beautiful photographs. The ruined dome must have been too big. Thanks.

  • Amazing views of Hadrian's Villa, beautiful shots Indrani!

  • Really very beautiful! Amazing shots. The ruins seem to whisper their long stories.

  • These are so lovely! The first is my favorite one, as also the last one. Lucky you!

  • I think you were meant to visit the place 🙂 Hadrian wanted you there on his birthday! 🙂 The photos are amazing by the way! I hope to visit and take similar pictures. What camera are you using?

    • Indrani Ghose
      1 year ago

      Ha ha Thank you! 🙂
      The camera is Canon EOS 450D.

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