La Spezia has a large natural harbor that plays a significant role in the international freight (in fact it is the main naval port of Italy). In the past cruise ships used to anchor in bay, now ships can dock at the new Molo Garibaldi: from where you can easily discover the city center on foot or go for excursions outside La Spezia (for example Tuscany or Cinque Terre).
Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este
The Villa Adriana (at Tivoli, near Rome) is an exceptional complex of classical buildings created in the 2nd century A.D. by the Roman emperor Hadrian. It combines the best elements of the architectural heritage of Egypt, Greece and Rome in the form of an ideal city. Villa Adriana is a masterpiece that uniquely brings together the highest expressions of the material cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world. Study its monuments played a crucial role in the rediscovery of the elements of classical architecture by the architects of the Renaissance and the Baroque period. It also profoundly influenced many 19th- and 20th-century architects and designers.
The Villa d’Este in Tivoli, with its palace and garden, is one of the most remarkable and comprehensive illustrations of Renaissance culture at its most refined. It’s innovative design along with the architectural components in the garden (fountains, ornamental basins, etc.) make this a unique example of an Italian 16th-century garden.
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