Nearly a mile beneath the road to S.Gregorio, easily seen driving up the main Tiburtina Road, immediately after the so-called bend of "regresso" there are the ruins of yet another magnificent villa, built during the last part of the republican (and possibly also during the Augustan) period. This, too, was terraced and like that of Quintiliu Varus in an excellent position, overlooking the Lazio plain.
Its main features are long, double crypto-porticoes grouped
around a central area of several spacious rooms. Water
played an important part in the design and we assume from
the presence of a nearby acqueduct, slightly higher than
the villa, that there were many fountains.
Like the many other Tibur houses of the late republicain period, the villa was built and susequently enlarged following current scenographic ideas.
Many Renaissance artists were inspired by the design of the villa e.g. Antonio Sangallo the Younger, who used the design as a basis for his plan of Villa Madama in Rome.
An impressive complex of buildings which almost looks as if it is one with the surrounding rock...
Patrocinio Comune di Tivoli
Assessorato al Turismo