QUINTILIIS VILLA TOUR
2 HOURS RIDING
All levels experience
This walk sets out from our stables and follows the ancient Appian Way, lined with Roman monuments on both side of the road and, just beyond the 5th milestone, reaches the magnificent remains of an immense Roman villa built by two wealthy brothers, the Quintilis, in the time of Hadrian.
The villa, with its thermal baths, private aqueduct and hippodrome was so fabulous that the emperor of the time, emperor Commodus, was envious and had the Quintili brothers put to death and took the villa for himself!
After exploring the perimeters of the villa on horseback, this itinerary offers various possibilities, including also a detour on horseback from the villa, through the nearby BASALTO quarries on the way home. These quarries, which we jokingly call ” Little Grand Canyon” are actually where, 2000 years ago, the slaves obtained the rocks to cut the cobbles used to pave Appian Way.
The deep passageway has also become a refuge for many species of birds and small animals.
A thrilling ride!
OUR ADDITIONAL PROPOSAL:
BOOK THE TOUR WITH AN ARCHEOLOGICAL GUIDE
Have you ever thought it was possibile joining two unforgettable experiences together? Riding is more than a pass time, is a lifestyle, but riding all the way long ancient roman ruins, villas, circuses, mausoleums, this will be something you’ll never forget! A famous motto says “when in Rome do like Romans”.
The Appian Way, the longest and oldest ancient roman road, still preserves the original pavy, so our horses will step on the same stones roman’s did, when they were excellent riders…less lazy than modern roman citizens:) but smaller, so short that to help them getting on and off horses while traveling, smart ancient engineers provided roads whit high stone made step stools, what now we call sidewalks, did you know that?
If you want to know more about Ancient Romans, monuments along the Appian Way and equestrian history of Roman Empire, choose to book a tour with our archeological guide!
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