The ancient Villa dei Quintilii, which was built during the reign of Emperor Hadrian (r. 117-38) by the brothers Sextus Quintilius Valerius Maximus and Sextus Quintilius Condianus, stands beyond the fifth milestone of the Via Appia.
The ruins of the villa are so extensive that when the site was first excavated it was called Roma Vecchia (Old Rome), as it seemed too large to have been anything smaller than a town!
The Villa dei Quintili, which boasted a set of baths fed by its own aqueduct, and a hippodrome, was, in fact, the largest residence in the suburbs of Rome.
My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
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