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Southeast of Tivoli (near Rome) lies the ruins of Imperial Rome’s most magnificent estate, Hadrian’s 2nd-century Villa Adriana. This Unesco World Heritage site is a rambling complex of barracks, nymphaeums, temples, and water features. The well traveled emperor designed parts of this vast complex, inspired by structures in Egypt and Greece. Among the outstanding features of Villa Adriana is Hadrian’s private retreat, Teatro Marittimo, which sat on an artificial island accessed only by a retractable bridge. As I captured these ancient columns surrounding the island where this powerful ruler escaped to when in need of solitude, I imagined them holding all the thoughts and feelings Hadrian had as he dwelled within their circle.
For my JPG friends: Yesterday my daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters headed back to their home in Dallas. All of them fell in love with Italy. As I mentioned, I took loads of photos while they were here (nineteen albums). Over time will post the best image from each album. This coming Sunday I’ll take off for my home in the Dallas area. I’ll return to Italy mid-September.
Also by Deborah Downes
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