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The Villa Gregoriana Park in Tivoli: an artistic frame for untamed nature

In the heart of ancient Tivoli, just 30 kilometers east of Rome, lies a hidden gem: the magnificent Villa Gregoriana with its Park. Dating back to the 19th century, this oasis of tranquility and scenic beauty was commissioned by Pope Gregory XVI in 1835. With the vision to transform the Aniene River valley into a place of extraordinary beauty.

The task was entrusted to the Italian landscape architect Giuseppe Valadier, already renowned for his valuable work in the gardens of Villa Borghese in Rome.

The Villa Gregoriana Park, a masterpiece of landscape design by the great Valadier

Their project was ambitious: to frame the wild nature of the Aniene and its valley, transforming it into a picturesque and romantic paradise. The result is a perfectly integrated ensemble of natural grandeur and human ingenuity, with the villa sprawling over successive terraces, traversed by bridges, caves, and artificial waterfalls.

The landscape is enriched by rare botanical species, offering a chromatic and olfactory variety that captivates the senses of every visitor.

Monuments and architectural elements within the villa

Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli is a perfect fusion of landscape architecture and historical monuments. Among its most iconic attractions is the renowned “Cascata Grande,” an imposing waterfall standing over 100 meters tall, nestled amidst the valley’s rocks. An intricate system of caves and underground passages, integral to Valadier’s design, leads visitors behind the waterfall, offering a truly awe-inspiring view.

The “Temple of Vesta,” an ancient Roman temple, dominates the hill’s summit, providing a spectacular panorama of the valley below. The “Ponte Gregoriano,” an elegant stone arch spanning the Aniene, connects both riverbanks, creating a picturesque passage for visitors.

Along the path, one can admire small bridges, fountains, and niches, contributing to a unique visual and historical experience. The Villa has also been chosen as a backdrop for various films and TV productions, adding a touch of glamour and mystery to its timeless charm.

How to visit the villa and its surroundings

Easily accessible via the Tiburtina train, a regional train operated by Trenitalia offers a combined ticket with a discount for entry. In addition to its architectural beauty, the villa boasts a wide variety of flora and fauna, making a stroll along its trails an immersive experience.

During the visit, you may encounter numerous species of birds, butterflies, and other wildlife inhabiting the area. For a complete and fulfilling visit, plan to spend at least half a day exploring the villa and its surroundings.

You can combine the visit with a stroll through the historic center of Tivoli, where you can savor local cuisine and delve deeper into the area’s history.

In conclusion, Villa Gregoriana is much more than a historical site; it’s an experience that engages all the senses, blending history, art, and nature into a unique fusion. Its timeless beauty continues to captivate visitors, offering them an unforgettable journey into the heart of the Roman countryside.

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Edited by il NETWORK text by Andrea Franchini | photo by Ezio Bocci

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