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S^ r <^I If A-r^. -'^'Z- ^•»*»mm^ , Pecile View of the Villa: in the This monumental quadriporticus, which surrounds a garden and of the peristyle in place of the columns that supported the a roof. foreground, large central pool, the large represent the Pecile, the celebrated constructed prior to the remainder quadriporticus Stoa Poikile in Athens, described in of the complex, was intended for the the ancient sources, where the works after-lunch of the Pecile and the Hundred Chambers.

As with most for the of the substructures of the villa, residents of the villa, the servants. the supporting features are That composed confirmed by the presence of communal latrines. Furthermore, it seems likely that the series of spaces set even with the road were utilized for the storage of goods and produce that served the quotidian needs of the villa, based upon the very easy access to the paved road of a series of contiguous spaces, aligned on a maximum of four superimposed stories. The rooms, characterized by their identical dimensions, wooden floors and single entrance at the front, were accessible by means of a system of external walkways made of wood that were linked by a set of concrete stairs.

Vacock. Vatican (^ity, Vatican Museums. 29 Plan of Hadrian's Villa that indicates the network of subterranean passageways that linked the various zones of the complex and the locations where works constituting the decorative program were recovered (E. Salza Prina Ricotti). In addition to the articulated sequence of buildings and by the judgment of ancient must have given the impression of exceptional splendor, the villa was complemented by a series of gardens and open areas with fountains and nympheums that were the visual foci of certain spaces.

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