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... eat before getting back on the bus to head to our next stop. I had a delicious plate of spaghetti and naturally followed it up with some gelato. Our last stop was up the mountain side to the ancient temple of Santuario della Fortuna Primigenia. There were a lot of steep stairs included in this experience. Eventually, the view made all of them worth it.
The weekend before we went to explore Etruscan Tombs in two different towns. It was not my favorite thing to do on ...
... in 1835, the Pope was present to witness the opening of the river diversion and the first flows of what became the "Great Waterfall". The bridge connecting both banks of the Aniene was named Pont Gregoriano is his honour.
At the cliffs's edge are the Temples of Vesta and Sybil, overlooking Valle dell'Inferno or the Valley of Hell, which is the drop from the plateau into the river gorge created by the Aniene River. From here, there's a ...
... was all going well for the Roman Empire. Hadrian, a Roman Emperor during the 2nd and 3rd decades of this century developed this property outside of Rome as a retreat. It must have been more like a small city, as it absolutely huge, over 1 square kilometre! Complete luxury and splendour of the Roman empire of the time.
There is a mix of Greek and Egyptian in the buildings. Hadrian wrote his biography and described the ...
... through the garden, I was thinking that it wasn't what I expecting. I was expecting roman ruins of great splendour. We had seen signs to Villa Adriana when we got to Tivoli, but at the time, We were unsure what it was. It wasn't until we got back to Rome, that we found out - more on that later. We then walked through the old town of Tivoli to see the public park and waterfalls created by Pope Gregory XVI in the valley in 1834. He built tunnels through the cliffs and ...
... they were there, but were hiding in the shade. We hoofed it up the stairs and Matthew and I dragged Dianne to a water clock (first one I have ever seen) in the gardens of the Villa Borghese, which also has fantastic views over the city and our next destination, the Santa Maria del Popollo, which has works by Bernini and Caravaggio gracing its walls.
On the ...