Making Italy Just Another Province
Contributed by David Verne
Hadrian begins to get restless after staying in Rome for some time, so he decides to go on a tour of Italy. He improves the infrastructure and makes legal decisions in the towns that he visits. While traveling around the peninsula, he gets an idea for an administrative reform. At this time, Italy was divided into 18 administrative districts, with most towns left to their own devices. Hadrian changed this and divided Italy into four provinces, each ruled by an Imperial governor. This didn't go over well with the populace or the Senate, and this was repealed a few hours after Hadrian's death in 138 A.D. 
- Duncan, Mike (February 07, 2010). 83- May His Bones Be Crushed.