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Villa Jovis: photos, description (Villa Jovis)

Jovis Villa (Villa of Jupiter) is a Roman Palace on Capri built by Emperor Tiberius in the 1st century ad It was from here that Tiberius ruled his vast Empire until his death in the 37th year.

Villa Jovis - the largest of 12 Imperial villas on Capri mentioned by the historian Tacitus. The entire complex occupied an area of about 7 thousand sq. m. it includes several terraces, the height difference between them was up to 40 meters. Villa was a outstanding example of Roman architecture 1st century, as hinted to us surviving eight levels of walls and staircases and as confirmed by the recent reconstruction of the complex.

Villa Jovis located in the North-East of the island of Capri on the top of Monte Tiberio, the second highest peaks of the island (334 m), after Monte Solaro in Anacapri. The North wing of the building consisted of residential areas on the South were intended for administrative use, in the East wing, was held the Imperial receptions, and was located in the Western room which had panoramic views of Anacapri.

As to where the Villa was built, it was difficult to deliver water, Roman engineers constructed an irrigation system to collect rainwater from the roof into a huge tank which supplied the Palace with fresh water. South of the main building are the ruins of watchtowers ("specula"), which allowed us to have quick communication with the mainland by means of smoke or fire. Today to get to the Villa Jovis only on foot after a two-kilometer uphill.

Obviously, the main reason why Tiberius moved to Capri from Rome, was his caution in political Affairs, as well as a huge fear of being killed. The Villa was built in a remote place of the island, and the Emperor's chambers, and almost inaccessible, was closely guarded. In addition, according to some historians of Ancient Rome on this remote Villa Tiberius was able to indulge in amorous pleasures, and to lead a rather unbridled way of life, without fear of judgment of ordinary people.