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

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Enchanting Day Trip from Rome: Tivoli - Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este
Enchanting Day Trip from Rome: Tivoli - Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este
Enchanting Day Trip from Rome: Tivoli - Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este
Enchanting Day Trip from Rome: Tivoli - Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este
Enchanting Day Trip from Rome: Tivoli - Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este
Enchanting Day Trip from Rome: Tivoli - Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este
Enchanting Day Trip from Rome: Tivoli - Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este
Enchanting Day Trip from Rome: Tivoli - Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este
Enchanting Day Trip from Rome: Tivoli - Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este
Enchanting Day Trip from Rome: Tivoli - Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este
Enchanting Day Trip from Rome: Tivoli - Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este
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.
Highlights
  • Villa Adriana

    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.
  • Tivoli

  • Villa d'Este

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.
Q&A
  • Where is Tivoli Gardens?

    Tivoli, sometimes referred to as Tivoli Gardens, is a town in Lazio, about 30 kilometers (19 miles) outside of Rome.
  • How to get to Villa d’Este Tivoli from Rome?

    There are a few ways to get to Villa d’Este, Tivoli from Rome. You can take a bus from Rome Tiburtina station to Tivoli Piazza Garibaldi which is a 3-minute walk to Villa D’Este (and should take about 50 minutes total) or you can take the train from Roma Termini to the Tivoli stop and then walk approximately 13 minutes to Villa D’Este from there. Or you can opt for a shuttle bus or upgrade to a guided tour which includes transportation directly to and from.
  • When did the Villa d’Este in Tivoli enter UNESCO?

    Villa d’Este was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001. The famous 16th-century villa in Tivoli, has some of the most beautiful Italian Renaissance gardens and fountains (as in hundreds), as well as a museum.
  • How to get to Villa Adriana from Rome?

    Villa Adriana or Hadrian’s Villa is a bit more difficult to get to than Villa d’Este and only reachable by car or by bus from Roma Tiburtina to Ponte Lucano and from there it is about a 20-minute walk. But the transportation can be a bit tricky, which is why so many people opt for a shuttle service or guided tour.
  • How to get to Villa Adriana from Tivoli?

    From Tivoli the only way you can really get to Villa Adriana (Hadrian’s Villa) is by car or a private bus or shuttle. Which is why we always recommend booking a shuttle bus with the option to upgrade to a guided tour – an added value when visiting the beautiful UNESCO Sites of Tivoli.
Reviews
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A Fantastic Day Trip
We have enjoyed a wonderful day in beautiful Tivoli with the sun shining and a very well led tour to Adriana Villa and Villa d’Este. Giuseppe kept us well informed and entertained throughout and his passion for his home territory was evident. I would totally recommend this tour and will hopefully return to enjoy again.
Robert Miles - 02/01/2020 19:35
Overall a good experience
Terence - 05/11/2019 22:46
All technical equipment worked well. Bus was comfortable. Guide Joseph was very informative and helpful. Loved Hadrian’s Villa and really loved Villa d’ Este. The fountains were incredible! Joseph explained the history of what we were seeing and helped us to enjoy the town of Tivoli too. Well worth the day trip, and barely 45 minutes there and back. No negatives, but here are some notes for your planning: You will leave wanting more time to explore on your own in both locations. I felt maybe a bit too much time in the city. The restaurant Joseph recommends is expensive for lunch (but good food!). Many less expensive spots in a three block radius. Lots of walking stairs and hills. I loved it, but not everyone does.
Susan - 31/10/2019 12:46
Una bellissima gita con un ottima guida
Gabriella - 30/10/2019 17:46
Joseph was a wonderful guide, knowledgeable, funny and attentive, we learned a lot , the sites visited are simply a must and we all had a great time.
Doron - 30/10/2019 08:11
La villa d’Este, site magnifique à ne pas louper !! Très bonne organisation et très bon timing, 1h allouée à la pause déjeuner et retour au point de rdv vers 16h. Nous avons eu la chance de bénéficier d’un temps exceptionnel ce qui a rendu cette visite magique...
Delphine - 30/10/2019 04:18
Tivoli Day Tour
We thoroughly enjoyed our day out to Tivoli with Giuseppe during our latest Roman holiday. The visits to Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este were very interesting and well balanced. The lunch break in Tivoli gave us the right amount of time to refresh and take a wander through the old town before meeting to visit Villa d’Este. We found Giuseppe to have a very personable delivery and manner with the right blend of information and good humour, with regular checks that our group was following what he was explaining. We recommend the tour.
Mike and Rosemary Brown - 29/10/2019 20:50
We did the full day visit to Hadrians Villa and Villa D’Este with our guide Giuseppe. He was very knowledgeable and good humoured. He would always ask if we were understanding what he was telling us and would revisit information he had told us earlier to ensure we had a good understanding. The balance of the tour worked well and we had plenty of time for individual exploration. We did not buy the included lunch but did pay individually for what we chose for lunch. The restaurant coped beautifully with all the individual orders and we had a relaxing lunch but also time to have a look around Tivoli.
Rosemary B - 29/10/2019 02:35
Giuseppe aus Tiburtina und von "Enjoy Rome" war ein toller Guide. Wir haben alles sehr gut verstanden, die Organisation war bestens und auch das empfohlene Lokal war absolut einen Besuch Wert. Dazu hatten wir enormes Glück mit dem Wetter, sowie dem Verkehr und den moderaten Besucherzahlen. Ein wirklich schöner Tag - bene et bravo!
Andrea - 26/10/2019 23:23
It was an excellent day and Giuseppe an exceptional guide: very good English, very knowledgeable about the places we visited. He looked after us tourists extremely well.
Cristina - 26/10/2019 21:54
Super journée ! Guiseppe est un excellent guide ce qui rend la visite encore plus intéressante !
Elise - 21/10/2019 12:05
Tivoli Tour
Giuseppe is very a responsible, nice knowledgeable guide. We enjoyed the two villages and food day trip. I give him 5 stars.
Xuxiu Zheng - 17/10/2019 16:55
Professional and informative
Sue - 15/10/2019 09:34
Die Reiseziele waren sehr gut ausgesucht und die Führung gut informiert, leider hatten wir vor Ort deutlich zu wenig Zeit, um den Schauplätzen auch nur annähernd gerecht zu werden.
Stephan - 08/10/2019 07:11
It was so nice to escape the crowds of busy Rome and enjoy the coolness of the hills at Tivoli. Giuseppe our guide took us on a tour of his home town and he had such an extensive knowledge and his lovely personality added to the day. Villa D’este is truely one of Italy’s great gardens and was a memorable experience
PWTobin1953 - 03/10/2019 08:52
Excellent tour. Would not have found Hadrian’s Villa as interesting without Guiseppe’s commentary on relevant history. Villa d’Este was like a premonition of heaven. Restaurant was very good too.
Barbara - 01/10/2019 21:02
We had a lovely day on this tour. Was actually better than I was expecting. Only negative is that it felt very rushed the whole time. You need a little longer in both places for a bit of exploring. Otherwise it would have been 5 star
Melissa - 24/09/2019 14:00
It was a wonderful experience and my husband and I truly enjoyed it. Our tour guide Giuseppe was very helpful, charming, knowledgeable and friendly. I have no regrets booking this tour and it really made my first time in Tivoli a memorable and beautiful one!
Mong Joon - 17/09/2019 03:32
Joseph was very informative and the day flowed well. Easy booking and pleasant way to spend a day outside of Rome
Angela - 16/09/2019 09:34
Me pareció interesantísimo y muy bien llevado por el guía
Julia - 15/09/2019 19:39
The tour guide was very accommodating and good
Nicanor - 15/09/2019 13:00
Had a great time, well worth going!
David - 08/09/2019 15:07
Wunderbare TOUR
Unsere sehr erfahrene und kluge Führerin hat uns eine spannende Führung durch beide Villen geschenkt und Parallelen der Bauweise aufgezeigt, das alles mit gutem Timing
CP - 03/09/2019 20:06
Absolutely amazing. Highly recommend. Joseph was an excellent guide
Carol - 02/09/2019 18:11
Our guide was terrific, very knowledgeable and made our day great adding a little bit of fun. Correct amount of free time.
Jan - 28/08/2019 01:31
Tivoli Gardens Tour
Fantastic day especially made so by our tour guide Giuseppe. His personality we loved so much thank you, Giuseppe for making this a very memorable day. The fountains
Greg - 26/08/2019 13:12
Perfect tour, perfect guide (Giuseppe)!
Silvia - 12/08/2019 16:40
Excelente viaje a Tivoli y las Villas. Recomendamos el viaje con la compañía, muy puntuales y de verdad, todo muy hermoso.
Ana Elizabeth - 29/07/2019 15:39
Sia il sito di Villa Adriana sia Villa d’Este ci hanno trasmesso forti emozioni: luoghi bellissimi. L’organizzazione del tour è stata perfetta. Abbiamo ammirato la professionalità e la simpatia della guida Giuseppe che ringraziamo in modo particolare. Eravamo le uniche sue italiane e la lingua della guida era in inglese ma, grazie a Giuseppe non abbiamo avuto nessuna difficoltà. Consigliamo quindi anche agli italiani il vostro tour organizzato.
Eleonora - 24/07/2019 23:33
The day in the Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este was perfect! Very beautiful places and the guide was super! Peaceful, friendly and everything was under control. I liked the most when guide speaks slowly and not too much because I like to see places, not to stand and just listen. The best guide and wonderful Villa d’Este! The Tour was on 14.7. Best Wishes and good luck to our guide!
Maarit - 15/07/2019 06:38
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