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  • From Rome: Villa d'Este and Hadrian's Villa with Lunch

    1. From Rome: Villa d'Este and Hadrian's Villa with Lunch

    Depart Rome and travel by bus to the lovely town of Tivoli, best known for the Renaissance Villa d'Este and the large Roman archaeological complex of Hadrian's Villa. Learn the rich history of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites from an expert guide. Built in the Roman settlement of Tibur, Hadrian's Villa served as a retreat from Rome for the Roman Emperor Hadrian during the 2nd and 3rd decades of the 2nd century AD, and would be where he governed the Roman Empire during his last years or reign. Explore the complex to see the ruins of opulent pools, public baths and fountains. Marvel at classical Greek architecture and beautiful artworks. Have lunch at a typical Italian restaurant before moving on to Villa d’Este, best known for its beautiful terraces and the Apartments of the Cardinal with its spectacular view of the gardens and courtyards. Stroll among the many decorative fountains, such...

    Both destinations were just beautiful. The sprawling magnificence of Hadrian’s Villa painted a picture of the true might of Rome at its height. The endless gardens and fountains of Villa d’Este we’re just breathtaking!

  • Rome: Tivoli Villas and UNESCO Jewels Tour

    2. Rome: Tivoli Villas and UNESCO Jewels Tour

    Discover the glorious villas of Tivoli that date back to the times of the Romans and the Renaissance on a half-day tour from Rome. Following an optional pickup from your hotel in the capital, transfer by comfortable transport to the little town of Tivoli just a few kilometers from the city center. Discover a splendid natural environment between the “Eternal City” and the high hills to the east of Rome. Stop at the remarkable architectural complex of the Villa Adriana, built in the 2nd century AD by the Emperor Hadrian. Marvel at its different architectural styles, with influences from Egypt, Rome, and Athens. Learn how it was designed as an "ideal city," and explore some of the symbols of ancient times. Then, go to the Renaissance-style Villa d’Este and explore its palatial setting, surrounded by a spectacular terraced garden. Enjoy the beauty of its cascades, water tanks, and fountai...

    Fabio was excellent guide. They pick you from your hotel with minivans and they assembly the group at piazza della repubblica. The only negative is that the excursion ends there and you have to go on your own back to your hotel. My hotel was just 500m away. The weather was perfect otherwise i guess it becomes muddy at Hadrian's villa.

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

    3. Tivoli: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este Half-Day Tour

    Start this 5-hour tour of Tivoli from Rome from Piazza Esquilino, with stunning views of the Colosseum from one of the 7 hills of the city, and drive through the Via Tiburtina, passing Castro Pretorio, the Baths of Tivoli, and Ponte Lucano (Lucano Bridge). Your destination is Hadrian's Villa, built in the 2nd century by Emperor Hadrian, once more grand than the center of Imperial Rome. Discover a multitude of exquisite fountains and flower gardens. See the caryatids and columns of the Canopus and Serapeum, the villa's pool and artificial grotto, named after an Egyptian city where a temple was dedicated to the god Serapis. You will also see the island “Maritime Theatre,” on which sits a small Roman house that was probably used as a retreat from busy court life. Continue to Villa d'Este, a beautiful Renaissance villa with exquisite Italianate gardens that's full of grottoes, frescoes, a...

  • Rome: Tivoli, Hadrian's Villa & Villa d'Este Private Tour

    4. Rome: Tivoli, Hadrian's Villa & Villa d'Este Private Tour

    Swap the bustling city for the peaceful countryside on this tour of Tivoli. Begin at Hadrian’s Villa, the first of two outstanding heritage sites on your private tour. Explore the ancient ruins where Emperor Hadrian once ruled Rome. Next, head to the Tivoli town center where you can explore the historic streets before digging into a sumptuous Italian lunch at a local restaurant, selected especially for its authentic character. Refueled from your lunch, leave behind the modern world as you journey on to Villa d’Este. See the Renaissance frescoes inside before strolling around the famous water garden, which includes Bernini’s impressive Neptune’s Fountain. Learn all about the villa’s wide acclaim, as you revel in the tranquillity amongst the fountains, nymphs, grottoes, and water displays.

  • Tivoli and Villa D'Este from Rome

    5. Tivoli and Villa D'Este from Rome

    Start your day with a pick-up from your centrally located Rome accommodations. The driver will await you in the lobby before beginning the 45-minute journey to Tivoli. Upon your arrival, purchase your tickets and audio guide and enter the Villa d'Este, built in the heart of the Renaissance. Walk around the villa independently and observe the magnificent gardens and construction. Pose for photos in front of the Bernini-designed fountains as your audio guide tells you of the Cardinal and details his lavish life in the villa.  This famous Italian-style garden reverberates with the sound of many fountains that inspired Franz Liszt to write a piano melody titled, "Fountains of the Villa d'Este". After your tour of Villa D'Este, return to your car and travel to a beautiful restaurant with a wonderful view of Tivoli. Next, take a leisurely stroll in the small ancient town of Tivoli. The city o...

  • From Rome: Private Tivoli Villas Day Trip

    6. From Rome: Private Tivoli Villas Day Trip

    Visit the picturesque hilltop town of Tivoli on this day trip from Rome and discover a land of steep cliffs, rich history, and waterfalls. After getting picked up from your hotel in Rome, begin your journey to Tivoli, where you will experience the magic of 2 of Italy's finest UNESCO World Heritage Sites. First, head to Hadrian's Villa, where you can admire the luxurious private estate built by Emperor Hadrian during his 21-year reign. Accompanied by an expert guide, explore the complex's palaces, private theatres, artificial pools and lakes in depth. As you walk through the ruins, gain a unique insight into the life, career, and imagination of the emperor, who in the final years of his life ruled the entire Roman Empire from his sumptuous retreat. Afterward, visit another of Tivoli's famous villas, the beautiful Villa d’Este. Enjoy a stroll through the villa's splendid gardens studded ...

  • Tivoli: Half–Day Gardens and Countryside Private Tour

    7. Tivoli: Half–Day Gardens and Countryside Private Tour

    Start your day with a 9:00 AM pick–up from the lobby of your Rome hotel. Meet your driver and board the awaiting private vehicle. From there, make the 50–minute drive to the city of Tivoli. Visit the gardens with their famous fountains. Admire the Italian- and French-influenced design of the gardens inside of the Villa. The nearby Aniene River provides the water to all the fountains and waterfalls. Once you have finished exploring the gardens, head to the Roman countryside. Admire the beauty of vineyards and rolling hills as you go. Visit the Temple of Vesta, home to the ancient Goddess of the Romans. On request and not included in the price of the tour, you can visit a local trattoria and take the opportunity to try out local wines such as Bianco Frascati, and a dry red wine of Olevano, as you savor a local lunch. Afterwards board your luxury vehicle and make your way back to your Rom...

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What people are saying about Tivoli

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 54 reviews

Punctual, efficient transport from Rome to the Villas with lunch break in Tivoli. Friendly and knowledgeable guide. Since getting to Villa Adriana on your own is a little tricky, this tour is a good alternative. We were only 10 people in the group, but before Covid it was apparently more like 40. The included lunch was ok, but nothing special. Since it was only about €10 price difference to the tour without lunch, good value for money.

Well organised and well led tour. Guide was approachable and knowledgeable and explained things well. Lunch venue was pleasant and food was good. A little more time to self-explore would be good but difficult in the time available.

We had a wonderful time exploring the ruins and the area. We were not prepared for the amount of walking, but was worth every moment of pain that came later. Guide was very insightful and knowledgable.

Very nice tour with a good guide (excellent English speaker), ample time to wander around at your own, a pleasant restaurant and 2 amazing Unesco sites

The fountains from Villa D'Este are amazing. A magical place that you should not miss.