Art & Archaeology A Secret Roman Garden by Annie September 30, 2019 written by Annie September 30, 2019 The Room of Livia, built at the beginning of the Empire, is one of the great indoor spaces of ancient Rome still visible today. As wife and business partner of the first emperor Caesar Augustus (or Octavian), the dinners that she hosted here which often lasted for days are legendary. In addition to her hospitality and being a gourmet, classical sources describe her as a renowned master gardener as well.The dining room was located in the deep underground of her villa. Its temperature was so stable, winter or summer, that the frescoes are incredibly well preserved, with color and detail intact even after two millennia. The frescoes depict early Empire flora and landscape, and show an idealized night view of her other garden above ground, but with everything in bloom simultaneously. She was a gardener’s gardener! Visit this secret “garden” at Palazzo Massimo alle Terme in Rome, across from Termini Station. It’s just the ticket when you are hankering for garden parties during these cold and wet months! 0 comment 0 FacebookTwitterPinterestEmail previous post Get an Adrenaline Rush at Gole del Raganello next post The Miracle of the Snow Related Posts Far from Madison County: The Bridges of Vicenza July 12, 2020 A Madonna Unveiled July 7, 2020 Florentine Facades March 18, 2020 Fufluna’s Perch August 3, 2017 Opera Bosco an Unconventional Pleasure September 30, 2016 Fare le Cose al Volo… March 17, 2014 VideoNote: Belpensiero (Beautiful Thoughts) February 25, 2014 Vespasian’s Legacy January 27, 2014 Wedding gift!? June 7, 2013 Hang out your shingle in Ostia Antica February 12, 2013 Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.