museum; what treasures of science do you not discover to us !--Epist.
or he went to some
villa belonging to his freedmen near the city.
But when he was indisposed, he commonly took up his residence in the house of Maecenas.
Maecenas had a house and gardens on the Esquiline Hill, celebrated for their salubrity:
Nunc licet Esquiliis habitore salubribus. Hor. Sat. i. 8, 14.
Of all the places of retirement from the city, he chiefly frequented those upon the seacoast, and the islands of Campania,Such as Baiae, and the islands of Ischia, Procida, Capri, and others; the resorts of the opulent nobles, where they had magnificent marine villas.
or the towns nearest the city, such as Lanuvium, Praeneste, and Tibur,Now Tivoli, a delicious spot, where Horace had a villa, in which he hoped to spend his declining years.
Ver ubi longum, tepidasque praebet
Jupiter brumas: …
… ibi, tu calentem
Debit sparges lachryma favillam
Vatis amici. Odes, B. ii. 5. Adrian also had a magnificent villa near