"The villa was the tomb of my travels"

The reference is to the Villa Adriana at Tivoli, 29 Km from Rome, where Hadrian established his private residence, and from which he governed the Empire in the latter years of his reign. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is in fact a complex of more than 30 buildings, including bath-houses, theatres, temples, libraries, staterooms and quarters for courtiers, praetorians and slaves. Much of it remains unexcavated.

Further information (in Italian) is available at http://www.villa-adriana.net

Pool at the Villa Adriana
GNU Free Documentation LicensePool at the Villa Adriana
The Hospitalia (guesthouse) of the Villa Adriana
Public DomainThe Hospitalia (guesthouse) of the Villa Adriana
Part of the floor of the small bath-house of the Villa Adriana
Public DomainPart of the floor of the small bath-house of the Villa Adriana - Credit: Jastrow