Tuesday, February 9, 2010


So after the Borghese gallery we took a bus to Tivoli to see the Villa d'Este obvs belonging to the d'Este family. The gardens were SO AMAZING which is why most of the photos are of them and not the interior which had nicely painted walls and ceiling but was empty and nothing super spectacular. I'm going to be a jerk and not explain everything, so here's pictures of the gardens at Tivoli and sorry all these pictures are of me, but Ricardo was goofing off a lot and not in the picture taking mood.

This tile floor MARKS THE END of the photos of Tivoli. We got on the bus and went to Hadrian's Villa where all of my wildest dreams came true. There is a particular spot in Hadrian's villa that I've been wanting to go to for ever (since I was seventeen, geez, the wait of a lifetime) I'll alert you to its presence when the time comes. To explain a tad about Hadrian, he was the Roman emperor who came just after Trajan, so he had it good. He built Hadrian's wall (WITH HIS OWN BARE HANDS, that's totally not true) all the way out in Great Britain where Rome was at the height of its expansion. The people generally loved him, he didn't get a long with his wife, mostly because he was homosexual which presented a bit of a problem and he built this bitchin' villa even though he was never there. i.e Rome was mega rich at this point and this villa is a small town, and is amazingly beautiful even now when it's half dead and all the decoration is gone.


and now it's gone.

TA DA! and if you wanted more words to go with these pictures, relax, I'm sure Ricardo will FREAK OUT that I haven't explained every tiny detail and he'll come and edit this for you!

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