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Temple of Hadrian (Tempio di Adriano)

Temple of Hadrian (Tempio di Adriano)

The ancient facade of the Temple of Hadrian (Tempio di Adriano), fronted by 11 carved stone Corinthian columns—each looming almost 50 feet (15 meters) high—serves as the dramatic focal point of Rome’s Piazza di Pietra. One of the city’s most pleasant squares, the piazza is lined with fashionable cafés overlooking the ancient Roman columns.

The Basics

Built by Emperor Antoninus Pius, Emperor Hadrian’s adopted son, the Temple of Hadrian  (Tempio di Adriano) dates back to AD 145 and once overlooked the Field of Mars (Campus Martius). Today, all that’s left of the magnificent temple’s original 38 columns are the 11 that form part of Rome’s 17th-century papal palace—now the Borsa building, housing the stock exchange. Italian architect Carlo Fontana integrated the ancient columns into the palace’s north wall, where they remain a striking reminder of Rome’s glorious past.

Many walking tours of Rome’s ancient sites include Hadrian’s Temple along with attractions like the Pantheon and the Church of Santa Maria on Via del Corso (Santa Maria in Via Lata, or Basilica di Santa Maria in Via Lata). Joining a Rome highlights Segway tour is a fun way to explore these and other attractions, including the Trevi Fountain and Trajan’s Column; consider an evening Segway tour to see the monuments beautifully lit.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Temple of Hadrian tour is especially interesting for history buffs.

  • Small-group Pantheon, Santa Maria, and Hadrian’s Temple tours require some walking, so opt for comfortable shoes and sun protection.

  • Piazza di Pietra, where you can view the columns of Hadrian’s Temple, is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.

  • The columns are particularly picturesque at night, so be sure to bring your camera if joining a Rome night Segway tour.

How to Get There

Hadrian’s Temple is located on Piazza di Pietra in Rome’s historic center, between the Pantheon and Trevi Fountain. A number of city buses stop on Via del Corso, just steps from the square.

When to Get There

In the evening, Piazza di Pietra is particularly lively, filled with café tables and lined by the columns of Hadrian’s Temple dramatically lit.

The Other Temple of Hadrian

Italy is not the only country that is home to an ancient temple dedicated to Hadrian. In Ephesus, Turkey, another temple was built around AD 138 to honor Emperor Hadrian, who visited the ancient city while in Athens a decade earlier. 

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Tivoli Day Trip from Rome: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este

Tivoli Day Trip from Rome: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este

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Visit the historic vacation homes of the Roman elite on a Rome to Tivoli day trip. The full-day guided excursion includes tours of Tivoli’s two UNESCO-listed sites: Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este. Hear Renaissance and Ancient Roman history and scandal, admire archaeological ruins and explore some of Italy’s most extravagant private gardens.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Tivoli Day Trip from Rome with Lunch Including Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este

Tivoli Day Trip from Rome with Lunch Including Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este

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Travel in the footsteps of Roman emperors, cardinals, and popes who would flee the hustle and bustle of Rome for hilltop Tivoli. This guided day trip takes you back in time in Tivoli, exploring the archeological remains of 2nd-century Hadrian's Villa, with its lavish temples, sculptures, and theaters. After the lunch break, stroll around the lush gardens of the Renaissance-era Villa d'Este, marveling at the famed Fountain of Neptune.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Small-Group Segway Tour in Rome

Small-Group Segway Tour in Rome

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Explore Rome the fun and eco-friendly way on a small-group Segway tour. Roll through the ancient city streets on a self-balancing electric scooter, covering long distances without the aching feet. Learn about the city’s history from your friendly guide, stopping to admire ancient and baroque monuments like the Colosseum, Castel Sant’Angelo, Villa Borghese and Piazza Navona. Choose from three different thematic tours to customize your experience. Group size is limited to 8 for a more personalized tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este Half-Day Trip from Rome

Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este Half-Day Trip from Rome

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Get out of Rome and head to hilltop Tivoli on this fun half-day guided trip. Explore the historic town and visit Hadrian's Villa and the Villa d'Este, two UNESCO World Heritage-listed spots. With an expert guide, tour the town and its historic villas, learning about the history of the area and seeing an exciting swath of the Roman countryside.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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2-Hour Evening Segway Tour of Rome

2-Hour Evening Segway Tour of Rome

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Enjoy Rome during the twinkling hours of twilight on this 2-hour evening Segway tour, which allows you to cover more ground than you would by walking but still be outside to take in the local atmosphere and views. Starting in the Jewish Ghetto district, glide through Rome in the cooler, quieter evening hours to see squares and attractions like Piazza Venezia, Piazza Navona, Castel Sant’Angelo, the Trevi Fountain and the Tiber River. This is a small-group tour to provide a more personalized experience.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$60.90
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Rome Night Segway Tour

Rome Night Segway Tour

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Explore Rome during the twinkling evening hours on this Segway tour. Hop on your electric 2-wheeler and cruise past attractions such as the Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, and Piazza Navona. Stop for plenty of photo ops, and learn the stories behind the sights from a guide. This tour is limited to eight people for a more intimate experience.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Skip-the-Line: Hadrian's Villa Entrance Ticket

Skip-the-Line: Hadrian's Villa Entrance Ticket

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Discover the significant architectural features of Hadrian's Villa, the 2nd-century residence of Emperor Hadrian. Use your admission ticket to skip any lines at the countryside villa in Tivoli, which is contained within Villa d'Este. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site, which includes ruins of thermal structures, a theater, temples, libraries, state rooms and buildings once used to house courtiers and slaves.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Self-Guided Round Trip of Tivoli and Villa d'Este from Rome

Self-Guided Round Trip of Tivoli and Villa d'Este from Rome

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Tivoli was once home to Roman emperors, and is rich in ancient heritage. With this tour, don’t worry about organizing logistics—round-trip transportation from Rome makes this a seamless way to explore. Upon arrival, you’ll have free time to visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the ruins of Hadrian’s Villa and the scenic Villa d’Este (entrance own expense). As this is a self-guided tour, you can explore as you wish.
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  • 6 hours
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