Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli with Diane Archibald

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.