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Domus Aurea Rome Italy – The Golden House

Rome experience the Domus Aurea – Golden House
Was a large landscaped portico villa, designed to take advantage of artificially created landscapes built in the heart of Ancient Rome by the Emperor Nero after the Great Fire of Rome (64 AD) had cleared away the aristocratic dwellings on the slopes of the Esquiline Hill.

Built of brick and concrete in the few years between the fire and Nero’s suicide in 68, the extensive gold-leaf that gave the villa its name was not the only extravagant element of its decor: stuccoed ceilings were applied with semi-precious stones and veneers of ivory while the walls were frescoed, coordinating the decoration into different themes in each major group of rooms.

Domus Aurea – the Golden House

Though the Domus Aurea complex covered parts of the slopes of the Palatine, Esquiline and Caelian hills, with a man-made lake in the marshy bottomlands, the estimated size of the Domus Aurea is an approximation, as much of it has not been excavated. Some scholars place it at over 300 acres (1.2 km2), while others estimate its size to have been under 100 acres (0.40 km2).

Suetonius describes the complex as “ruinously prodigal” as it included groves of trees, pastures with flocks, vineyards and an artificial lake— rus in urbe, “countryside in the city”. Nero also commissioned from the Greek Zenodorus a colossal 35.5 m (120 RF) high bronze statue of himself, the Colossus Neronis.Pliny the Elder, however, puts its height at only 30.3 m (106.5 RF).

The statue was placed just outside the main palace entrance at the terminus of the Via Appia in a large atrium of porticoes that divided the city from the private villa. This statue may have represented Nero as the sun god Sol, as Pliny saw some resemblance.

This idea is widely accepted among scholarsbut some are convinced that Nero was not identified with Sol while he was alive.The face of the statue was modified shortly after Nero’s death during Vespasian’s reign to make it truly a statue of Sol.Hadrian moved it, with the help of the architect Decrianus and 24 elephants,to a position next to the Flavian Amphitheater.

This building took the name “Colosseum” in the Middle Ages, after the statue nearby, or, as some historians believe, because of the sheer size of the building.

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Tivoli – A Small Italian Paradise – Rome Day Trip

Tivoli is a small and ancient Italian town in Lazio, about 30 km from Rome, at the falls of the Aniene river, where it issues from the Sabine hills. There are breathtaking views out over the Roman Campagna. And that is saying much, considering the spectacular beauty and lush design of wonderful, sprawling Italian villa gardens. According to UNESCO, more than half the world’s historical and artistic heritage is in Italy. Do not miss the chance to discover one of the best of them. The spring time is already here, take an opportunity to discover what is there behind the walls of glorious capital of Italy.

Originally known as Tibur, the town of Tivoli was a resort for wealthy Romans around the 1st century BC. The area contains a lot of remains of aqueducts, mausolea, and Roman villas including those of Hadrian’s Villa, as well as the renaissance Villa D’Este with its famous gardens. In the Roam times, Tivoli used to be the most famous trading centers in ancient Italy. In addition, it used to be the famous resort of nobile Romans, medieval feudal barons and the Pope. Tivoli gives you a chance not only to take a closer look at Italian history but also to stay in a mini paradise of the nature that only some of the outskirts might offer.

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Without a doubt Tivoli with its amazing gardens will stay in your mind for a long time. Hours of delightful exploration, fish pool, fabulous statuary and millions of pathways leading you on… Furthermore, take at least a moment to enjoy a mystical Fountain of the Dragon. It is an architectural miracle and inseparable assessor of that time villas. In ancient time water was considered to be a key element, bringing the wellness and tranquility. Take some time to relax while walking along the Avenue of the Hundred Fountains. Freshness of spring is guaranteed.

There is plenty to occupy the visitor in Tivoli for a day, however, the two most famous villas cannot be excluded for any reasons. Gardens have been inspiring many generations. As a result, Tivoli’s reputation as a stylish and beautiful resort and the fame of the gardens of the Villa d’Este have inspired other sites named Tivoli all over the world. Visit Tivoli and you will definitely find out why! Dive into the sound of nature in Tivoli.

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