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The Horti Sallustiani (the Gardens of Sallustio) were the gardens built by the historian and senator of the Roman republic Gaio Sallustio Crispo in the 1st century BC, it seems thanks to the illicitly obtained funds during his prophage in Africa Nova. The gardens extended into a vast area in the northeastern area of Rome, in the one that under Augusto would become the Royal VI; The area is between the Pincio and Quirinale hills, between the continuation of the high highway Semita (current via XX Settembre), the Salaria Street, the Aurelian Walls and the actual Via Veneto, shortly after Porta Salaria. The area where the remains of the historic mansion extend today is named Sallustiano.


The Romans used to call horti (the singular hortus) homes with a large garden (hortus in Latin means “garden”), built within the urban circle, but in suburban areas. They were a place of pleasure where it was possible to live isolated and in tranquility, but without the need to move too far from the city [1].

The most important part of the horti was undoubtedly the vegetation, very often shaped in geometric or animal forms, according to the dictates of the topiary arms. Among the greenery were often pavilions, porches for sunbathing, fountains, spas, temples and statues, often replicas of Greek originals. The first to give rise to this fashion was the wealthy Lucullo, who built a luxurious dwelling on the Pincio hill in Rome; [1] soon followed his example Sallustio.

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