The Roman Empire
contained many villas which were rather like country houses (though villas in cities were known) often with associated farms.
The emperor Hadrian had a villa at Tibur (today: Tivoli)
(123 AD) which was more like a palace. Cicero had several villas.
Some of the known Roman villas are:
- Hadrian's villa at Tivoli, Italy
- Fishbourne palace villa in West Sussex, England
- Lullingstone villa in Kent, England
- Villa Romana del Casale in Piazza Armerina, Sicily, Italy.