Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli with Diane Archibald - Context Travel

Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli with Diane Archibald


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Join an expert to understand why the former residence of Roman Emperor Hadrian was so important and the legacy the site had on future architectural visions.

The Roman Emperor Hadrian’s country estate located in the Tiburtine Hills near Tivoli is a concept for “an ideal city”. The site represents an exceptional architectural legacy of the ancient Mediterranean world combining material traditions of Greece, Rome, and Egypt. Hadrian’s Villa inspired a renewed interest in classical architecture and influenced both the Renaissance and Baroque. Its remarkable achievement in design has continued to influence architects and designers in the modern era.

"Very interesting for someone who likes Roman history - anything Roman."

Led by our architectural expert Diane Archibald we will walk through the historic site and discuss the exemplary architectural structures, the terracing of the site, water as an integral element, and the interrelationships between the buildings, gardens, and fountains that together create an immersive landscape. This conversation is fitting for anyone with an interest in architecture and the life of a Roman Emperor.

"Dr. Archibald was very well organized, knowledgeable, and informative."

Diane Archibald spent over 10 years engaged in an ongoing research project with the Faculty of Architecture, Sapienza, Rome on the influence of antiquity on the Renaissance. She has an expert-based in-depth knowledge of the architectural and historical significance of Hadrian’s Villa. Currently, she is in the process of writing a substantial publication as a culmination of the research project.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
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Well researched details

She had great depth of knowledge regarding the architectural influences at Hadrian’s Villa. I visited a couple of years ago and the information really helped establish many more meaningful points about the location.

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P.T.

A wonderful and educational introduction to Hadrian's Villa. Diana was engaging and extremely knowledgable. Having a clear overview and orientation at the beginning made the following material easy to follow and made us forget the handicap of not being able to be physically present. The photos and video explained the spaces so clearly.

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C.G.M.
You can visualize Hadrian's Villa as it was listening to Dr, Archibald's engaging descriptions

Well organized and presented full of interesting facts and interesting background information that makes an archaeological site come to LIFE!

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Context always works to achieve the highest caliber of tour for curious travelers - we are grateful for the professionalism and the level of commitment.

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More of a lecture than a simulated tour — update with fewer details but more engaging and basic history

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
78%
(7)
11%
(1)
11%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
K
K.
Well researched details

She had great depth of knowledge regarding the architectural influences at Hadrian’s Villa. I visited a couple of years ago and the information really helped establish many more meaningful points about the location.

P
P.T.

A wonderful and educational introduction to Hadrian's Villa. Diana was engaging and extremely knowledgable. Having a clear overview and orientation at the beginning made the following material easy to follow and made us forget the handicap of not being able to be physically present. The photos and video explained the spaces so clearly.

C
C.G.M.
You can visualize Hadrian's Villa as it was listening to Dr, Archibald's engaging descriptions

Well organized and presented full of interesting facts and interesting background information that makes an archaeological site come to LIFE!

A
A.

Context always works to achieve the highest caliber of tour for curious travelers - we are grateful for the professionalism and the level of commitment.

A
A.

More of a lecture than a simulated tour — update with fewer details but more engaging and basic history