Tivoli Day Trip from Rome: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este

Duration: 7 hours
Destination: Italy, Lazio, Rome
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  • 7 hours
  • Rome
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

Discover two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este, on a guided full-day trip to Tivoli from Rome. You’ll learn interesting Renaissance history, discover awe-inspiring archaeological ruins and admire elaborate gardens and dazzling fountains on a trip that’s sure to be as memorable as it is captivating.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Get inside tips from a local

Leave the hustle and bustle of Rome behind as you set off into the countryside by luxury coach on this guided full-day trip to Tivoli, a historic town lying east of Rome in the breathtaking Monti Tiburtini hills. Tivoli boasts a fresher climate than its busy city neighbor, and has been favored since ancient times as a popular summer retreat for wealthy Romans.
Tivoli’s top attractions are undoubtedly the magnificent and historical Hadrian’s Villa for a 1.5-hour guided walking tour. This villa belonged to the 2nd-century Emperor Hadrian, who sought a modest holiday home as a lasting tribute to his lover. (By today's standards, this ‘modest’ retreat might be considered a town in itself!) Explore the archaeological ruins of Hadrian’s estate of more than 30 buildings, including a sprawling complex of imperial palace ruins, thermal baths, libraries, temples and underground passages wide enough for cars.
Stop for lunch at a cafe (own expense) and head to Hadrian’s Villa (Villa Adriana) and Villa d’Este. Follow your guide through Villa d’Este, a former Benedictine convent considered to be one of the most enchanting villas of the late Renaissance period. Hear intriguing stories from your guide about how the building was created as a lavish home for the son of Lucretia Borgia, a scandalous Italian duchess who created much drama in 15th-century Italy. Marvel at the famous Fountain of Neptune as you stroll through the villa’s stunning gardens, featuring impressive waterfalls, centenary trees and more than 500 fountains. 
Then sit back and enjoy views of the Italian countryside as you head back to Rome. Your guide will be happy to answer any questions you have along the way.

Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Headsets to ear the guide clearly
  • Entry/Admission - Villa d'Este
  • Entry/Admission - Villa Adriana

Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Luggage storage NOT available
  • Please note: Stairs at both villas are quite steep and a moderate amount of walking is involved
  • This tour is not recommended to people with disabilities
Departure Point

Via Cavour, 224, 00184 Roma RM, Italy


Departure Time

9:30 AM


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

7 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

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Sheri S

Had heard that these gardens and fountains should be seen if in Rome. Glad we toured both villas.
Great to get out of Rome and be somewhere where there were not a lot of people. Beautiful fountains, and the tour guide was informative and very knowledgeable.
Would recommend to other travelers.

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sophie-duncan

I didn't really know what to expect as i'd never heard of these villas but this trip turned out to be one of the highlights of our holiday. Our tour guide Giuseppe was great, so knowledgeable and gave us great recommendations for food when we got to Tivoli - please take his lunch recommendations! The villas are beautiful and the organ at Villa d'Este was breathtaking. I'd go back here in a heartbeat, would thoroughly recommend this experience.

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Lisa G

Both villas were great. The history of Hadrian's Villa was impressive to see in person. Villa d'esme is not to be missed. The gardens were incredible. I was my favorite activity in Rome.

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Monica H

I really enjoyed this trip. Giuseppe is an amazing guide and Hadrian Villa and Villa Deste are very beautiful places. Try to take the trip on the weekend as you have no traffic. What an amazing trip.

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Dorothy M

Both gardens were beautiful. The fountains were simply breathtaking. So glad I chose this tour, highly recommend

User's Picture Gallery

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Villa d'Este

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Hadrian villa

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Ruins of Hadrian's Villa

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Fountain of the Organ

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Narrow streets of Tivoli

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The Canopus was used as a grand dining room in summertime.

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Hadrian's Villa. Pool. Trees represent marble pillars that once were there.

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Villa d'Este waterfalls that come from a diverted river built in 16th C

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Fountain of Tivoli in grounds of Villa d'Este

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Model of Hadrian's Villa as it was.

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Villa d'Este

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Canopus, Villa Adriana

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Hadrian's Villa-an ostentatious glorification of imperial power - WOW

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Hadrian's Villa-described in my history of architecture class as

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The wall of fountains is really interesting-the photo doesn't do it credit

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Fountains were beautiful!

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Water-pressure generated organ was really amazing.

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View from the terrace of some of the fountains and pools of Villa d'Este

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