The Beautiful Life of the Emperors: Luxury and Splendor in the Great Villas
Emperors and the wealthy built huge residences where they could live and rest with their families. These were huge and luxurious houses, often comparable to small towns.
Hundreds of slaves and freedmen worked within these structures, often remaining for the rest of their lives. The imperial protocol dictated specific functions for the rooms of these houses—some were dedicated to rest and relaxation, others to entertainment, still others were intended to accommodate distinguished guests.
Huge circuses, funerary monuments or large spas could also be built inside the villas. Some of these large houses were located very close to the city, but outside the city walls, surrounded by greenery of the Roman countryside.
You will explore two such grand villas, still largely preserved today, where you can admire the luxury and splendor of Imperial Rome.
- Some emperors had huge residences constructed, but never got to enjoy a single day in them.
- The floors and walls of these houses were often decorated with marble from all over the empire.
- These houses could have had massive gardens within.
- What happened to the villa when the emperor died?
- How do we know the owners of these residences?
- What is the difference between the terms “villa” and “domus”?
Duration: 3 hours
Pick up: Your preference
Departure time: Flexible
When: Daily (Monday to Sunday); Year round
Means of transport: Car with private driver
Languages: English, French, Italian
Suitable for children? Yes
Suitable for people with mobility issues? Yes
Walking distance: about 2 km
Extra not included in the ticket: Entrance admission to the archaeological sites (maximum 5 euro per person, to be arranged later via e-mail, according to needs and availability