Treasure Hunt at The Villa of Hadrian
In the years between A.D. 118 and 138 A.D. the Emperor Hadrian decided to construct his enormous residence outside the capital, choosing an area that was surrounded by nature and abundant in water.
The architecture of the villa was carefully designed by the emperor himself, and reflected his tastes and passions in an original way. For this reason the villa features variations on the usual canons of contemporary Roman architecture.
The enormous estate, which occupies an area of 120 hectares, features spas, nymphaea, gardens, huge fountains and temples. These features were connected not only by aboveground paths, but also by an underground road network for that served as service passages for people and vehicles…the ideal place for a “treasure hunt”!
An archaeologist will take the pupils to discover this wonderful archaeological park, discovering, through clues and group activities, the history of the emperor Hadrian and how he built his villa, located not far from the crowded capital.
Each child will receive their own notebook, map and compass. We will walk in the archaeological park (about 1.5 km of walking), stopping at pre-established stations where each child will get to solve clues through riddles, group activities or looking for hidden objects. We have organized original and thematic games, designed for learning about both Roman history and Roman architecture. Each activity can be complemented with an in-depth study in the classroom, to be done after the “treasure hunt”. For this reason, each student will get to bring their own notebook home.
We recommend the presence of at least one adult (teacher or parent) per 10 pupils, so that we can coordinate the activities in the best way with the archaeological guide who will accompany the class.
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