Monday, August 24, 2009

Villa Gregoriana

Parco Villa Gregoriana, commissioned by Pope Gregory XVI to rebuild the bed of the Aniene River after it had been damaged in a terrible flood in 1826. It was in 1835, after the Aniene burst it's banks again, that Pope Gregory XVI decided to turn this dangerous but enchanting location into a mix of art and nature.

The project saw a tunnel being dug through Mount Catillo in order to deviate the river and therefore save the town of Tivoli. This was then followed by the construction of an extraordinary natural garden and temples.


Reopened to the public in 2005 thanks to a major landscape recovery project by FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano), the Italian National Trust. For more information about FAI please visit www.fondoambiente.it.

INFO:
Open everyday except Mondays.
Last admission one hour before closing.
Tickets: €5,00 adults, € 2.50 Conessions (children, schools, residents of Tivoli).
FAI and national trust members are free of charge.
Discounts of families.

Children aged 12 or under must be accompanied by an adult.
Dogs must be kept on a leash.
Audio guides available in Italian and English (€4,00)

ADVICE:
Wear comfortable rubber soled shoes as some sections of the paths are steep and can be slippery.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tivoli and it's Villas

Tivoli boasts a vast artistic and archaeological heritage. A holiday destination for emperors and Roman nobility with it's beautiful countryside and great climate. Tivoli is most famous for it's villas:
  • Villa Adriana
  • Villa D'Este
  • Villa Gregoriana
There are however many ancient churches, Rocca Pia, temples and other sites of interest.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Facts about Tivoli

  • Tivoli is an ancient latin town.
  • Between 1800 and 1900 industrial development, based on the paper industry and electric production, made Tivoli the first lighted up electrically city of Italy in 1882.
  • Famous Villas; Villa D'Este, Villa Adriana and Villa Gregoriana.
  • Tivoli Terme are famous for their baths and curative water.
  • Most importnant resources of the city are quarrying and manufacturing Travertine (stone) and agriculture.
  • In September Tivoli exalts it's typical product, a grape of high quality, with the Pizzutello festival.
  • In April the city celebrates the anniversary of the founding of Tivoli.
  • The 10th August is the feast of St. Lawrence The Martyr, the Patron Saint of Tivoli and is celebrated with mass, processions, games, music and dancing.
  • Tivoli is 32Km from Rome.
  • Tivoli can be reached from Rome by:
  1. Train. Roma-Avezzano in Tiburtina F.S. (Train station)
  2. Bus. Roma-Tivoli from Ponte Mammolo (metro stop on the B Line)
  3. Car. A24 Roma- Aquilia (highway) exit Tivoli or by going along the S.S. Tiburtina N.E. direction.

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