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The ancient Italian city of Tivoli

Tivoli is a town and commune in central Italy near Rome. Nestled in the Sabine hills, it was once an ancient Roman city.


Classical antiquity[]

In 361 BCE, Tivoli, then known as Tibur, was one of the village that allied itself with the marauding Gauls, remaning peaceful for 23 years. The village was then absorbed into Rome after the Gauls were defeated. In 90 BCE, the city received official Roman citizenship, becoming a popular resort destination for the Roman elite due to its beauty and superb water.[1]


By the Renaissance, the city became known for its open-air travertine mines. Stones were often excavated to build the palaces and courtyards of Rome. Rumours soon emerge of a treasure buried in one of the mines, although treasure hunters were unable to locate it.[1]

In 1461, Pope Pius II attempted to build the Rocca Pia in the city to control the city's population that often rioted against Papal authority.[1]

During the early 16th century, the Assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze visited the aqueducts of Tivoli in order to assassinate a Papal guard, who had been forcing local civilians to repair the aqueducts, and to retrieve a hidden treasure from the Templars.[2]