Tivoli's Roman Treasures
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The part of the garden on the slopes of the hills is divided by a series of paths on which a number of charming fountains and laid out, such as the Fountains of the Dragon (at the centre of the first avenue), flanked by the Fountains of Proserpine and the Organ: the Fountain of Tivoli or of the Oval, the Hunderd Fountains and the Fontana del Bicchierone, to which Bernini also contributed. In the lower part of the gardens are mock-grottoes with themes of fantasy.
The Villa was visited and studied by famous people (Pope Pius II, Pirro Ligorio) and excavations were carried out particularly in the 18th century. Bought by the Italian government in 1870, the villa was restored and some of works of art from the site can also be seen in the Museo Nazionale Romano. The monuments include Stoà Poikile (commonly called Pecile) and the Naval Theatre, the Small Thermae and the Great Thermae, the Canpus (with obvious reference to the sanctuary in Egypt), the Museum (with the precious objects found in the excavations, including a copy of the Amazon by Phidias), and lastly the Emperor's Palace subdivided into three blocks and aptly described as a "city in the shape of a palace".
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