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Tunnel near the Pretorio in Villa Adriana, Tivoli from Wikimedia commons contributed by wknight94
Tunnel near the Pretorio in Villa Adriana, Tivoli from Wikimedia commons contributed by wknight94 in 2008. NOT a recent photo of the tunnels

Share article from the Daily Mail by Victoria Woollaston: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2398711/Slave-tunnels-underground-city-discovered-beneath-Emperor-Hadrians-Villa-Rome.html#ixzz2jk38uKNK

A network of tunnels that make up what appears to be an underground city have been discovered buried deep beneath the villa of Emperor Hadrian near Rome.

Archaeospeleologists have begun charting the underground roads and believe the passageways would have been used by carts and wagons pulled by oxen to transport slaves, food and other goods below the estate’s 296 acres of land out of sight from the Emperor.

The villa at Tivoli, near Rome, was built by Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd Century AD and was made up of 30 buildings such as palaces, living quarters, spas, pavilions and libraries, each surrounded by ornate gardens, pools and fountains.

The main tunnel, mapped by caver Marco Placidi and a team from the Sotteranei di Roma association of archaeospeleologists including Vittoria Fressi, is 10-foot wide, runs for more than half a mile in a north-easterly direction before switching south and leads to a 700-metre circular spur.

Experts believe this spur may have been used as a turning circle for the carts and wagons.

The passage has been dubbed Strafa Carrabile, which means Great Underground Road in Italian, and is larger than the other tunnels previously discovered under the estate.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2398711/Slave-tunnels-underground-city-discovered-beneath-Emperor-Hadrians-Villa-Rome.html#ixzz2jk38uKNK

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