Hadrian's Villa Reborn: South Theater

Hadrian’s Villa is a World Heritage Site located in Tivoli, Italy about 30 km from Rome’s city center. Hadrian ruled as emperor in the years 117 to 138 of our era. An intrepid traveler and builder, he had this enormous complex  constructed throughout his reign. Known as Hadrian’s Villa, the place was a government retreat where the emperor and his court could pursue the everyday tasks of administering the vast empire while also enjoying leisure activities such as bathing, banqueting hunting, and attending the theater. Lavishly decorated with sculpture, gardens, and fountains of all kinds, the villa was a delight to the eye of the ancient visitor.

Now, thanks to Flyover Zone, you can take teletours of Hadrian’s Villa from anywhere in the world and the see the ruins as they appear today. You can also travel back in time to view accurate reconstructions of how the villa looked during the reign of Hadrian.


Hadrian's Villa: South Theater
Learn about the Emperor Hadrian, the person responsible for commissioning the theater.
Hadrian's Villa: South Theater
See the entire theater as reconstructed by Flyover Zone's team of artists and archaeologists.
Hadrian's Villa South Theater
Go backstage to see how the actors used the three doors to make their entrances. Visit the dressing rooms.
Hadrian's Villa South Theater
Use free roaming to get up onto the backdrop of the scaenae frons and see the sculptural cycle of Apollo and the Muses up close.
Hadrian's Villa: South Theater
Visit the round temple at the top of the theater. Learn about why we think it was dedicated to Hercules and the Muses.
Hadrian's Villa: South Theater
Visit the stage and get close views of the statues of Apollo and the Muses displayed on the scaenae frons.
Hadrian's Villa: South Theater
Go inside the round temple and see the cult statues recorded to have been erected here....
Hadrian's Villa: South Theater
Learn about the seating in the theater and who got to sit where....
Hadrian's Villa: South Theater
Use our Time Warp feature to see the standing ruins today. Example: scaenae frons.
Hadrian's Villa: South Theater
Go high into the air and see the theater in its context in the classic Tiburtine landscape.
Hadrian's Villa: South Theater
See the theater and explore the park-like grounds into which it was set...
Hadrian's Villa: South Theater
Explore the scaenae frons, giving you close-up views of the statues displayed here as well as stunning views of the theater...

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Hadrian's Villa Reborn: South Theater

This product offers you a teletour of the South Theater at Hadrian’s Villa. Located today on private property not open to the public, the South Theater was a gem of Roman art and architecture. Seating over one thousand spectators, it is famous today for its sculptural decoration, which included a series of statues of Apollo and the Muses .. Most are still extant today and can be seen in the Prado Museum in Madrid and elsewhere. The tour is led by Prof. Bernard Frischer, Director of the Hadrian’s Villa Reborn Project and of the Digital Hadrian’s Villa Project (http://vwhl.soic.indiana.edu/villa/). Frischer has spent over twenty years studying the site. Follow him on this virtual tour to see the standing ruins of the South Theater as well as dramatic aerial panoramas of the villa and the Tiburtine landscape. Along the way, travel back in time to see the theater as it appeared in antiquity. Learn about the impressive works of sculpture found here and also about how artists, architects, and archaeologists have studied the theater since the Renaissance. 

The Bulgarini  family, which owns the land on which the ruins stand, is pleased to grant this virtual access to the people of the world. They would like you to appreciate the amazing ruins so lovingly preserved by generation after generation of the family for the past four centuries.

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