Tivoli has been appreciated for centuries for its strategic position and the beauty of the surrounding landscape, as to be chosen by the Roman lords and nobles of later ages as location to build villas. The main examples are Villa Adriana, Villa of Este and Villa Gregoriana.
Emperor Hadrian chose Tivoli to build his summer residence and now it's one of the most famous villa of the Roman age. The Emperor wanted a monumental home inspired by eastern library, theater, landscape, statues or building he had seen during his journeys. Nowadays Villa Adriana is Heritage by UNESCO. (www.villaadriana.beniculturali.it)
In 1550 cardinal Ippolito Este order the construction of Villa, different apartments decorated with the works of the leading artists of the Roman Mannerism. (www.villadestetivoli.info)
Also Villa Gregoriana was built in 1835 thanks to a churchman and it became a nature park, one of the most beautiful nature walks offered by the Lazio region. (www.villagregoriana.it)