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About Us

The Villae are the combination of the monumental sites of Villa Adriana, Villa d’Este, the Sanctuary of Hercules Victor, the Mensa Ponderaria and the Tomb of the Plautii.

Following the reform of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage of 1 September 2016, the Villae – which are located in the municipality of Tivoli – have been under the management of the Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este Autonomous Institute.

The objective of the Institute is to promote the preservation, enhancement and fruition of the various sites and catalyse the qualities of the Tiber river area by involving the communities of reference in order to give rise to sustainable and alternative development.

The various structures of this complex body intertwine and complement each other, as they share the same cultural and anthropological foundation.

Our identity

The reform of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage transformed the main Italian museums into autonomous institutions starting from 1 September 2016.

Said reform also involved the sites of Villa Adriana, Villa d’Este and the Sanctuary of Hercules Victor.

Combining the various sites that make up the Institute and bringing them together under the banner of one of the characteristic features of the land on which they stand, namely the beauty and charm of the places that have made Tivoli a tourist destination and a place of leisure since ancient times, has been one of the first needs of the new Management since its establishment.

Mr. Andrea Bruciati was appointed Director following an international public selection process that ended in February 2017.

The new course of action led to a series of important strategic choices:

The creation of the “Villae” brand, which is not just a change of name, but rather a sign of a new cultural identity. In particular, the new logo reflects the characteristics and millenary ties that the sites share with each other and with the territorial, anthropological and cultural substratum on which they stand;

The revival of the relationship with the Tiber river area, also through the rediscovery of the agricultural products of the territory;

The opening of an Exhibition Office;

The extension of the visiting hours.

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Unesco

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, was established in Paris on 4 November 1946.

The World Heritage Convention, adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO on 16 November 1972, aims at keeping a list of sites that are of exceptional cultural or natural importance.

Villa Adriana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 due to its being a “masterpiece that combines the highest forms of expression of the material cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world in a unique way. The study of the monuments that make up Villa Adriana played a decisive role in the discovery of classical architecture elements by Renaissance and Baroque architects. Moreover, it profoundly influenced a large number of architects and designers of the 19th and 20th centuries”.

Villa d’Este has been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2001. According to UNESCO, the Villa d’Este complex is one of the most important examples of Renaissance culture. The site is a unique 16th-century Italian-style garden, and it has significantly influenced the architecture of gardens throughout Europe.


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