A Grand Apartment for a Grand Lady

This Casa di Livia, is the arches got taller, the ceilings higher and the floors noticeably more marble-covered.

She wasn’t his first wife (or second) but she was the only one he loved deeply and uncompromisingly.

After stealing her and her son Tiberius away from her husband, he built her the rooms we visit today; with original marble floor tiles, huge arches and domed ceilings.

As the House of Livia fell to ruin, the paintings fell clean off the walls and were buried safely at a consistently cool temperature.

Entering through a small doorway, visitors descend a few steps and walk into a huge, self-contained area with vast roofs and colourful frescos.