In 182 AD, to confiscate their properties, Emperor Commodus had the brothers put to death, and the spacious villa became part of the imperial estate to be used by other emperors (proven through portraits of members of the Severan Dynasty found among the remains). Recent excavations have brought to light the remains of opulent decorations and elaborate decor: in addition to living quarters and baths. This gargantuan villa was truly a spectacular building, with a large garden surrounded by porticoes and a spectacular nymphaeum visible from the Via Appia entrance, leading to its conversion into a fortress during the medieval period.
In the Eighteenth Century, the vast area on which stand the ruins of the Quintilii’s Villa was named “Old Rome” because it was believed that it belonged, given its size, to a city rather than a villa In 2006 the complex was enriched with the purchase of the estate and the farmhouse of S. Maria Nova, which today constitute the access to the archaeological area from Via Appia Antica. Led by an expert on ancient Roman Topography, Livia Galante, this Conversation will focus on the Villa of the Quintilian Brothers. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased comprehension of the landscape along the Appian Way in the Imperial Age as well as learning about a villa comparable to the most famous Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli.
About Your Expert
Livia obtained a degree in Archaeology at the Sapienza University of Rome and has a Master's degree in the History and Conservation of Cultural Heritage from the University of Roma Tre. Her main field of interest is ancient Roman topography and early Christian architecture; however, she is an accomplished scholar whose teaching ability extends to the Renaissance and Baroque Rome. As a native Roman, Livia is very enthusiastic about sharing the deep love and knowledge she has for her hometown with clients.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.