Maritime Theatre

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© Deborah Downes
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Villa Adriana, imperial residence of the Roman Emperor Hadrian (proclaimed emperor in 117 A.D. at 40), sits on the plain at the foot of the hilltop village of Tivoli (east of Rome). Hadrian was a fit, elegant, and cultured man. During his rule, he was a great organizer of the Roman Empire and known to be austere and genial, dignified and playful, dilatory and quick to act, niggardly and generous, deceitful and straightforward, cruel and merciful. Adriana Villa reflects this well traveled and complex Emperor, the estate consisting of monumental villas, temples, baths, ponds, and theaters spread out over 300 acres dotted with ancient olive and cypress trees. One could easily spend an entire day there.

This beautiful and haunting area of the villa is thought to have been a private summer residence of the Emperor. The way it was built offered privacy and security.

15 responses

  • Aelica

    Aelica (Deleted) gave props (17 Sep 2012):

    Such a beautiful place and a dreamy picture!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (17 Sep 2012):

    This is fabulous! where are all the roman goddesses that should be basking around the water and pampering themselves? wish i was there!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (17 Sep 2012):

    Wonderful !!!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (17 Sep 2012):

    Lovely! I love that place.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (17 Sep 2012):

    This is worth framing, Deb. Such a great composition, capped off by a great reflection. Love the antique looks.

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (17 Sep 2012):

    Sweeeeet shot and entry!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia gave props (17 Sep 2012):

    great find!!! super entry....

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (17 Sep 2012):

    So beautiful!!! Excellent entry, Deb : )

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (18 Sep 2012):

    WOW!! I am almost embarrased to post mine.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (18 Sep 2012):

    Another work of art, Deb. I think Linda and I are leaving on March 2 for two weeks. Rome and Florence are on the agenda.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (18 Sep 2012):

    Gorgeous treatment and photo!

  • Evelyne Schulte

    Evelyne Schulte   gave props (20 Sep 2012):

    Superb !

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (21 Sep 2012):

    Very lovely architectural design...Beautifully photographed! The narrative is also interesting.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (22 Sep 2012):

    Rockin' the Qi in JPG's Feng Shui.

  • MindTheStep

    MindTheStep gave props (22 Sep 2012):

    Oh wow! i was there last sunday!!!!! ;))

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