This past Friday, May 24th, Art History 8601 ventured to the opulent lands of Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este in Tivoli.
Students were able to explore the remains of what was once the vast and beautiful villa of Roman Emperor, Hadrian. Although most of it was decayed, they were able to see the places where the Emperor dined, bathed, and studied philosophy.
The excursion continued with a tour of Villa d’Este which was commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este. The beautiful gardens showed remains of the Renaissance and the history of the natural water supply through fountains and aqueducts. Students admired the many statues and artworks while getting a much needed refresher from the mists of the waterfalls. They were able to compare the styles and structures of these artworks to that of Hadrian’s Villa.
Both villas were abundant with history, art, and peacefulness. It was a great opportunity for students to not only experience first hand what they have been learning in the classroom, but also check out more historical landmarks they are around Rome. See more photos from the trip here!