Hadrian’s Villa visit itinerary gets richer and reserves new surprises: after the latest restoration works, the Small Baths and the Hospitalia have reopened to the public, two fundamental areas for the magnificent complex built near Tivoli by the Emperor Hadrian and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999.
Despite their name, the Small Baths represent one of the most lavish buildings of the residence: innovative and experimental from an architectural point of view, they were in fact decorated with a great variety of precious marbles and mosaics. Due to their location and their characteristics, they were probably used by the Emperor Hadrian himself. The restoration interventions concerned the cleaning of the frescoes and mosaics, the consolidation of the walls and the reconstruction of the roofs with a new transparent dome to protect the Octagonal Hall. The didactic and communication equipment was also renewed and an accessible tour route was set up with tactile panels in Italian and English.
Less lavish but no less interesting are the Hospitalia: a set of rooms intended for medium-ranking personnel, known above all for the floor mosaics with black and white tiles that form geometric and floral decorations. The works included the building’s cleaning, mosaic's restoration and reintegration of the gaps.