The Italian Almanac

Hadrian's villa

Italian News - July 19

Hadrian's Villa, among the most ambitious of palaces built by Roman emperors, has opened for evening guided tours led by archaeologists. The tours will be held Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 10 to Sept. 11. They include music, readings and video screenings at the villa near Tivoli, 15 miles east of Rome.

Hadrian became emperor in 117 and began building the villa the following year, completing it a decade later. Many parts of the villa were based on famous buildings in Egypt and Greece and were designed by Hadrian himself.

The tours cost $8.50 to $12, are conducted in English and Italian, and last 90 minutes.