Tivoli, 50 miles outside of Rome, is worth a visit. It’s where you’ll find the stunning Villa d’Este, shown above, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. And it’s also where you’ll find the spectacular Villa Adriana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. Tour Italy Now offers excursions to Tivoli from Rome. Andiamo! Click around and marvel at these structures and inhale, albeit vicariously, the ancient past! The next best thing to being there on an Italian vacation!
Other sights to visit, with links to Wikipedia, include:
– Villa Gregoriana
– Rocca Pia, a 15th century fortress built in 1461 under Pope Pius II to counter the urban strifes between the Colonna and Orsini.
– Temple of Vesta.
– Temple of “Tiburtine Sibyl” (true dedication unknown). It was built in the 2nd century BC on an artificial platform in the acropolis. Characterized by Ionic columns (only two of which remain today), it measures 15.90 x 9.15 m. The interior was decorated by frescoes and stuccoes, now lost. A church, dedicated to St. George, is known to have existed in the temple from as early as 978 AD.
– Sanctuary of Hercules the Winner (2nd century BC). Now in ruins, it was one of the largest structures in central Italy at the time, and was located outside the ancient city, across the road leading to Samnium. Measuring 188 x 140 m, it included a theater, a large porticoed square and the temple. It was reached through a series of terraces, in a similar fashion to the Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia in Palestrina. The sanctuary also housed one of the more frequented council of musicians in Roman Italy.
– Cathedral of St. Lawrence (Duomo, rebuilt in 1635–40).
– Roman Temple of the Tosse, located near the Temple of Hercules and the Villa d’Este and dating perhaps to the early 4th century AD. It is a circular structure with a hole in the 12 m-diameter dome. In the 10th it was turned into a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary.