The Idi Adrianensi
Le Idi Adrianensi
Dates 2017 to be announced (the event was last held in 2016)
Tivoli (Rome, Lazio region)
An amazing and emotional time travel to rediscover the glory and culture of the Ancient Rome and the Age of Emperor Hadrian in one of the most outstanding architectural masterpiece ever built worldwide, Hadrian’s Villa located in the picturesque landscape famous for its natural beauty, villas and rural retreats around the breath-taking heritage city of Tivoli, rich in historical buildings, art, traditionsm folklore, cuisine and a warm-hearted hospitality …
The geographical, cultural and historical context
Tivoli is a town located at the falls of the Aniene river originating from the Apennines and flowing through the Sabine hills, at about 30 km from Rome in Lazio, central Italy. Tivoli offers a wide view over the so-called "Roman Campagna", a low-lying area of great pastoral beauty surrounding Rome and an important agricultural and residential area already in ancient times. Tivoli, once known as Tibur, most likely got his name from the river Tiber and the Latin praenomen Tiberius. Historical traces of settlement in the area date back to the 13th century BC, and according to historical accounts Tivoli was a colony of the ancient city Alba Longa, founder and head of the Latin League, an ancient confederation of about 30 villages and tribes in the region of Latium for mutual defence, from the 7th to the 4th century BC.
The ancient Tibur, was first an ally of Rome, then allied itself with the Gauls in 361 BC, until it was defeated by the Romans in 338 BC. The city was then gradually romanized, received the Roman citizenship in 90 BC, and became a resort area famed for its beautiful and picturesque landscape and its good water, being enriched by many villas and rural retreats, including the ones of Octavian Augustus (63 BC - 14 AD), who became the first Emperor of Rome as Caesar Augustus, his friend and political advisor Gaius Cilnius Maecenas (68 - 8 BC), who was also a renown patron of the arts, the poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65 - 8 BC), known as Horace. Later, also Zenobia (c.240-c.274 AD), the captive queen of the Syria-based Palmyrene Empire, was granted a residence there by Aurelian (214/215-275 AD), the 44th Emperor of the Roman Empire from 270 to 275 AD.
The most famous of the Roman villas is surely the Hadrian's Villa (Villa Adriana), an outstanding complex of classical architectures built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian (76-138 AD) as his own retreat during the 2nd century AD. Hadrian, who is regarded as a great humanist and one of the best beloved emperors, was the 14th Roman Emperor from 117 to his death in 138 AD, and built also the famous Hadrian's Wall, a defensive fortification in the then Roman province of Britannia, in today Northern England. Hadrian started using the Villa as his official residence around AD 128, and during the later years of his reign, he even ruled the Empire directly from the villa.
The Villa Adriana is a real masterpiece that uniquely combines the highest achievements of the architectural heritage of the ancient Mediterranean world. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an extensive and important Roman cultural and archaeological site, and a major tourist destination along with the town of Tivoli itself and Villa d'Este (a 16th-century villa famous for its terraced hillside Italian Renaissance garden and many fountains, which is also listed as a UNESCO world heritage site).
Every year the history and charm of the past come to life in a magical moment of reconstruction and re-enactment on occasion of the Idi Adrianensi, an event aimed to rediscover the past in all its forms. The rich programme offers historical reconstructions and tableaux vivants of the daily life in Ancient Rome at the time of Emperor Hadrian, guided tours at the legionaries’ castrum, and an immersive walk in a village of the period. Re-Enactment of the ancient religious and civil rituals, gladiators’ fights, legionaries’ manoeuvres and drills, crafts market, battle reenactments, and several interactive workshops and activities for adults and children. Finally, the visitors will also have the chance to taste and enjoy the Ancient Roman cuisine and dishes prepared according historical recipes in tabernae, popinae and cauponae, the taverns of the period.
Please contact the Organizers for confirmation and further details.
Info & Contact
Associazione Villa Adriana Nostra
Address: Via G. Marconi snc - 00010 Villa Adriana (Roma), Italia
Tel.: +39 3351223827
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Tivoli City Council / Comune di Tivoli
Address: Palazzo San Bernardino, P.zza del Governo 1, 00019 Tivoli (Roma), Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)774 4531 | Fax +39 (0)774 330675
Delegazione Villa Adriana - Ufficio relazioni con il pubblico
Address; Via di Villa Adriana, 178, 00019 Tivoli (Roma), Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)774 453542
Comune di Tivoli - Assessorato Cultura e Turismo
Address: Piazza del Governo 1, 00019 Tivoli (Roma), Italy
Tel: +39 (0)774453 | Fax: +39 (0)774330675
Area Archeologica di Villa Adriana
Address: Largo Marguerite Yourcenar 1, 00019 Villa Adriana - Tivoli (Roma), Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)774 530203 | Fax: +39 (0)774 531979
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Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo
Address: Via del Collegio Romano, 27 00186 Roma, Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)6 67231
Polo Museale del Lazio
Address: Piazza San Marco, 49 00186 Roma, Italy
Tel.: +39 (0)6 69994251 | 69994342
Image: Associazione Villa Adriana Nostra
Text sources: Associazione Villa Adriana Nostra, Wikipedia, Tivoli Tourism, Tivoli City Council, Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo
Tivoli and Villa Adriana on Google Maps:
Video reportages and promos of the event:
Exploring Tivoli and Hadrian's Villa:
The Digital Hadrian's Villa project:
A virtual tour of Hadrian's Villa: