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Rome: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este Half-Day Tour

Rome: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este Half-Day Tour

From US$ 84.76 per person

Go to historic Tivoli in Roman Campagna on a 4-hour coach tour from Rome, and explore Hadrian’s imperial villa. Continue to the Renaissance Villa d’Este, where you can stroll around the lovely grounds and marvel at the abundant fountains.

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Duration 4 hours
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English, French, Spanish

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the ruins of Hadrian's Villa on the hills of Tiburtini
  • Admire views of the Campagna countryside en route to Bagni di Tivoli
  • Wander among the grottoes and fountains of the Villa d'Este
  • Learn how the Villa Adriana was once more impressive than Ancient Rome
  • Look out for the vast travertine marble quarries
Full description
Explore 2 of the most famous Italian villas on a half-day trip from Rome, following the ancient Roman road of "Via Tiburtina" to Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli. Upon arrival, explore the ruins at the foot of the Tiburtini Hills, where natural springs supply the spa town of Bagni di Tivoli. Along the way, look for the vast quarries of travertine marble. Built in the 2nd century, Hadrian’s Villa was once more powerful and impressive than the center of Imperial Rome and boasts exquisite fountains and gardens. Admire the caryatids and columns of Canopus and Serapeum, the artificial grotto named after an Egyptian temple to the god Serapis, and more. Continue to the Renaissance Villa d'Este, where you can wander the Italianate gardens and discover an abundance of grottoes, frescoes and mosaics. Marvel at fountains that create a graceful symphony of carved stone, and provide shade, sunlight and water. A series of terraces evokes the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, while the underground aqueduct provides testimony to the engineering skill of the Romans.
Includes
  • Entrance fee to Hadrian's Villa
  • Entrance fee to Villa d'Este and gardens
  • Transportation
  • Local guide
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 72 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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Meeting point

Meet at 32, Via Giovanni Amendola (GLT Terminal), Rome. From April - September at 2:15 PM. From October - March at 7:45 AM.

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Important information

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  • This tour is wheelchair accessible, provided the passenger is traveling with a companion who can assist them on and off the bus. Wheelchairs will be stored in the luggage area of the bus
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.1 /5

based on 135 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.3/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    3.6/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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Nice brake spoiled by inefficiency

The trip to Tivoli, including visits to Villa Del Este and Hadrian's villa, was interesting. It offered a very brief opportunity to admire the architecture and in particular the beautiful gardens of Villa Del Este and the grandiose ruins of Hadrian's villa. The tour was guided by two guides with two polar opposed approaches: David, a gentle, easy going, caring and knowledgable person. The other guide (I don't remember his name) was an impatient and vulgar person. He was mainly interested in adhering to the tour's time table and managed to spoil the tour. Unfortunately, on the way back to Rome the bus broke down. This can happen, although I would expect the organizers of the tour that only perfectly maintained vehicles will be used. They obviously failed here. In addition, the supply of a replacement bus was handled scandalously. For over an hour and a half, we were left stranded, at an obsolete gas station waiting for the replacement bus.

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June 4, 2019

Good tour

It was a good tour but felt very rushed. I was less interested in Hadrian's villa - it was Villa d'este which was the highlight for me, so more time there would have been great. However, the tour still overran by around an hour, which was a bit disappointing as I had other plans for the evening.

May 27, 2017

It was worth it

As stated above. The guide was excellent. But wish we had more time in villa d'este. Having just 15 minutes of free time over there is just too little. The guide had to translate in french as well so the time avaiable reduced . On the other hand the time in villa adriana was too long for me. But overall I think that I would do it again

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October 30, 2016

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