A Quick Tour
Elsewhere on the site, you can find both an axonometric reconstruction of the ancient site and a collection of Quicktime VR panoramas of the modern site. Both are equipped with hotspots that will allow you to take your own tour of Horace's Villa.
Here we just give you several select views of the villa and the Licenza Valley to whet your appetite.
We start our tour with some of the major features of the surrounding area.
To the west of the site is the Colle Rotondo in the Monti Lucretili chain, on the lower slopes of which Horace built his villa.
The site from 200 meters away to the north. The cypress trees at the top of the hill indicate the northeast edge of the site. To the left of the cypresses is the Castagneto, a low hill covered by chestnut trees.
An aerial view of the site (north is at the top). Note the trees in the central area of the excavated zone. This is the ancient garden area, which has still not been disturbed by archaeologists in the twentieth century. Exploration and study of the garden is one of our goals in this project.
On the north side of the villa is the residence, with bedrooms off an atrium and a summer dining room and kitchen off a peristyle. Here we see in the foreground one of the bedrooms off the atrium; in the background, note the medieval hilltown of Licenza rising out of the mist. Note that the walls in the foreground are capped with asphalt. Close study shows they have been heavily restored at various times in this century. One of our goals is to distinguish between the genuine ancient remains and the twentieth-century restorations, which should permit us to achieve a more accurate reconstruction and history of the complex.
Small peristyle in the residence with fountain in middle. The fountain and the bulk of the residence date from after Horace's lifetime.
In the middle of the garden is the pool, which survives fairly well intact, although it is filled with silt.
Remains of the eastern corridor of the quadriporticus. Note the openings on the right for doorways to the garden. On your left, you can see some restored walls in opus reticulatum.
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