Emperor Hadrian in Rome: Pantheon, Castel Sant'Angelo and more

Duration: 2h
Guru: Raffaella
Registered on November 21, 2021

Hi everyone! I am 33 years old and I was born in Rome. I consider myself a sunny and helpful girl and with a great desire to get involved. I like to travel and meet new people and cultures. I am an art historian and licensed tour guide. My studies and my work have always been linked to my passion for the history of art and the culture of my City. The guided tours that I propose are for me not only an opportunity to introduce travelers to roman history, curiosities, and traditions, but they are also a stimulating opportunity for human and cultural comparison and growth. Follow me!!

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Tour description

Join my experience in the heart of Rome dedicated to the discovery of the multifaceted personality of Emperor Hadrian (117-138 AD), a man of high culture, careful administrator of the Empire, valiant soldier and more. He was a very curious man with a great passion for travel, so much so that he wanted to visit in person everything he had read about the various states of the world. Ancient sources defined him as a tyrant, with a personality full of contrasts: "lascivious and moderate, stingy and generous, cruel and forgiving", and "changeable" on every occasion.
On the contrary, according to modern historiography, Hadrian was one of the greatest politicians of all time, a model also for numerous artists of the centuries to come such as Bernini and Borromini, who so loved the innovative and lively architecture that the emperor himself had built in his immense villa, not far from Rome: Villa Adriana in Tivoli, of which I will provide some historical information.

The buildings built by Hadrian in Rome (and elsewhere) reflect the spirit, politics, hatred and loves, refined architectural tastes, but above all they express (in my opinion) the profound "eclectic" culture of the emperor (basically the Roman culture is distinguished by its "eclecticism").

Through a photographic and iconographic repertoire I personally created, I will tell you the story and the salient aspects of Adriano's politics and personality, having before our eyes the monumental buildings he built and the remains found up to now.
We will start from the Trajan's Column and Hadrian's "Auditoria" near Piazza Venezia. We will continue in the central district of Campo Marzio, dominated by the most important monuments of the city, such as the imposing ones built and rebuilt by Hadrian himself, including the Pantheon, the Hadrianeum or Tempio del Divo Adriano in Piazza di Pietra and more.
I will also lead you through the small alleys of Rome where, between one restaurant and another, I will show you the remains of ancient buildings, perhaps less known to tourists, built by Adriano himself dedicated to some members of his family.
Finally, the tour will culminate beyond the Tiber, where the gigantic Mausoleum that Hadrian had built for himself and his successors, known to all as Castel Sant'Angelo, holds the true enigma of Hadrian's power and personality ... .that is?
To find out, follow me!

The tour will start with a minimum of 5 participants. If the minimum number of 5 participants is not reached, the tour will not be able to start.

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  • Meeting point:
    Via dei Fori Imperiali, 00187 Roma RM...
    Via dei Fori Imperiali, 00187 Roma RM, Italy
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    I wait for you at the foot of the Trajan's Column

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Pablo 18 Jul 2022

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Travelled alone - Jul 2022
Raffaella é pasionata dal suo lavoro. Ha preparato il suo proprio tour su l'imperatore Adriano, molto interesante! Grazie
KB 10 Jul 2022

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Travelled alone - Jul 2022
Raffealla is cheerful and fun as a guide. Well prepared material that suits the tour name!
Sara 23 Mar 2022
Gerola Alta

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Travelled in group - Mar 2022
Tour molto interessante e ben spiegato, molto piacevole la passeggiata per spostarsi tra i vari monumenti illustrati
Andrea 28 Feb 2022

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Travelled in group - Feb 2022
Un punto di vista originale per chi vuole sapere qualcosa in più sulla storia dell’imperatore Adriano, adatto sia per adulti che per bambini!
Elvira 19 Feb 2022
Reggio Emilia

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Travelled in couple - Feb 2022
Un'esperienza molto piacevole e interessante. Raffaella è una guida molto professionale e super preparata. La consigliamo!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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