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.

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