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Enchanting Day Trip from Rome: Tivoli - Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este
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“Tivoli Gardens Tour”
Clive and Karen

Enchanting Day Trip from Rome: Tivoli - Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este

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This enchanting day trip from Rome takes you to Tivoli where you will explore two unique locations: Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este.

Our expert guide takes you through these undiscovered wonders, delving into the fascinating past of Emperor Hadrian’s Villa and the majestic Renaissance- built Villa d’Este with its enchanting gardens rich with a magnificent system of fountains. Both destinations truly deserve their UNESCO world heritage site status.

This bus and walking sightseeing tour is the perfect off-the-beaten path excursion outside of the bustling city – and the best way to see one of the most beautiful places to visit in Rome.

itinerary

  1. This enchanting day trip from Rome begins with a 40-minute bus ride to Hadrian’s Villa. The vastness of Hadrian’s estate is a sight that will surely impress. The Emperor chose to build his residence outside the city in a place rich in water, in order to build the famous Canopus, one of the most preserved sites left in the complex. The statues surrounding this pool of water create stunning reflections on its surface, beautifully surrounded by luscious green gardens.
  2. A short bus ride brings you to Tivoli town center – where you will have time to explore and enjoy lunch before the next walking tour.
  3. We will leave the alluring ruins of the 2nd century A.D. far behind as we travel on to the 14th century to our second destination, Villa d’Este - one of the most beautiful Renaissance villas in Italy. This splendid palace, with its extraordinary gardens filled with hundreds of fountains, will leave you feeling captivated. Bernini’s monumental Neptune’s Fountain is considered the most impressive, its water jets reaching a height of 10 meters. Not to say that the Central Fountain and the Oval Fountain won’t leave you equally in awe.
  4. On the bus ride back to the city, you will have some time to glance at all of your photos, as you reflect on one of the most beautiful and memorable day trips from Rome.

what's included

  • Bus from the meeting point to the Villas and back
  • Admission fees
  • Expert tour guide
  • Group of 32 max
  • Headsets

what's not included

  • Pick up and drop off
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (optional)

meeting point

Your meeting point is at Via Cavour building 224 near the bus stop (take Metro CAVOUR stop on Line B). Please arrive 25 minutes before the start of your tour to check-in with a member of our staff.

ending point

Same location as the meeting point - Via Cavour 224 at the bus stop.

dress code

Comfortable shoes!

accessibility

If you or any member of your party has difficulty with mobility (uses crutches or a wheelchair, etc.), please contact us in advance. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

Private tours are available to meet these needs, on request.

cancellation policy

Free cancellation if you call within 48 hours of your tour.
SCORE REVIEWS
5/5
with 18 user reviews
Deborah Schultz
Not to be missed
I have just completed this tour with 6 friends. It was so interesting to visit the little village of Tivoli and to view the two villas Hadrian's Vila and Villa .d'Esta. It was made all the more special as our guide Stefy has such a broad knowledge of Ancient Rome, Stefy was very competent at being able to describe life and culture in Ancient Rome. I would recommend this tour as an optional tour for something different in Rome
03/08/2017 16:06
William F.
Great Day out in Italian Countryside
Recently went on the tour of Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este with Giuseppe as our guide. Notwithstanding the bus breaking down (a first according to Giuseppe) and having (decided by democratic vote) to walk the final couple of kilometres to Hadrian's Villa, this only added to the enjoyment of the day. Hadrian's Villa was interesting, if you like old Roman ruins, but you have to draw on your imagination to try and get a full picture of what this vast complex looked like in its heyday. Then on to Tivoli for lunch and a stroll around this pleasant town and later moving on to Villa d'Este. You don't have to use your imagination here as it is still laid out below you, in all its glory. Magnificent and really worth the visit. Overall a very enjoyable day, helped along by the knowledgeable and very friendly Giuseppe.
08/07/2017 13:44
JohnT
Tivoli Hadrian's Villa and Villa D'Este
Giuseppe was a fantastic guide full of relevant knowledge and good humour. We had been travelling around Europe for 4 months and this tour is in our list of top 3 because of the spectular gardens and fountains in Villa D'Este and our wonderful guide.
05/07/2017 08:55
Marks
Incredible Tour and Awesome Tour Guide
Incredible Tour. One of the highlights of our trip to Italy. Stefy, our tour guide, was amazing. Her knowledge and passion about the tour sites was so impressive. I would absolutely recommend any tours that they offer - especially one that Stefy is leading,
29/06/2017 20:34
Rita
Tivoli Tour
Our tour guide, Stefania, has a true passion for Roman history. She made our tour so exciting! We had our 7 year old grandson with us and she went our of her way to keep him engaged in the tour. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone, including families with children.
26/06/2017 00:36
Yvonne Inouye
Interesting and beautiful sights
Giuseppe was a marvelous guide with a wealth of knowledge regarding Roman history and funny as well.
16/06/2017 09:03
Clive and Karen
Tivoli Gardens Tour
Really enjoyed the trip. Larissa was our guide and her knowledge end enthusiasm were excellent.
10/06/2017 21:59
Mark Morris
Tivoli
Five stars for Giuseppe who gave us an insightful as well as entertaining tour that the whole family enjoyed.
03/06/2017 17:17
Victoria and Tim
Great Guide
Our thanks to Stefania for an excellent tour of the villas of Hadrian and d'Este. We came away with a better understanding of the history of the period of both villas. The historical links between the two was also very interesting. Both of them are beautiful sights and a great way to get away from Rome and the crowds to see the countryside. Very peaceful. Thank you.
02/06/2017 23:56
Lance
Interesting Day
Many thanks for a most interesting day with our guide Giuseppe. His well informed commentary together with his sense of humor and pleasant personality made this a memorable day for myself and my wife. It was a privelege to see these famous ancient sites and hear their history. We are most appreciative.
02/06/2017 06:57
Dave Van Houten
Tivoli Tour 21 May 2017
Had just taken Tivoli and Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'este. Had taken a similar tour 45 years ago and have always wanted to return, I wasnt disappointed. Our Giuide Alfredo did a fanatic job and very knowable about all the History of these Este's. We (4 of us) really enjoyed our day out to the country and getting away from Rome for the day. Great tour Alfredo was a great guide.
01/06/2017 18:47
Michael Toger
Tivoli tour
Just came from Italy. Took the 7 hour day tour to Tivoli - Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este. Were very happy with this tour. And tour guide Larisa is very smart, intelligent. We have some much fun with tour and tour guide.. Thank you.
25/05/2017 19:06
Mary Jordan
Great Tour!
Giuseppe was entertaining and extremely knowledgeable. Great guide!
10/04/2017 09:34
Cindy
Tivoli Gardens Tour
Amazing tour!! Stunning gardens...fabulous guide! Giuseppe was incredible. Gave us so much info and kept the tour interesting and fun!
08/04/2017 17:05
Sylvain Combes
Great guide
Great day with Giuseppe, our guide. He was so friendly ! He explained everything with talent and humor. I' m not used with guided tours but it was the best way to learn about the two villas. Giuseppe was so interesting that now i want to come back and visit again ! Thank you!
13/01/2017 01:23
Hassan
Fancy tour & Great guide
This is a great tour out side the Ancient Rome. A great two villas at Rome neighborhoods. Also, the tour guide played a great role. In my opinion, Guiseppe was the funniest part of the tour. I like him. He has a great background. I like enjoyrome ;)
06/03/2017 14:14
Birgit
interessanter Tag
Sehr viel gelernt über die Geschichte der beiden Villen.(Hätte auch ruhig ein kleines bischen weniger Info sein können) Und das bei entspannten Rundgängen. Mit gefiel ja persönlich der Garten der Villa d´Este am besten. Wie im Märchen.
06/11/2016 10:17
Helen and Ross Milner
Tivoli Gardens Tour
Our tour guide Guiseppe was fantastic as he brought the history alive and this helped me envisage the life of the Romans andhe pointed out aspects which were really clever. Tivoli gardens is amazing and Guiseppe explained the clever water system. A great tour.
22/10/2016 21:59
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