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

The meeting point is at the bus stop at Via Cavour 224. The nearest metro station: “Cavour” (Line B).


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

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.

User's Reviews

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Roberta Z

My family and I had a wonderful day at Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este. Our guide, Guiseppe, was very informative and friendly. We were fortunate to be able to see and hear the Villa d"Este water organ play at 2:30 p.m. Our lunch in the town of Tivoli was delicious!

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Rick's account

The initial pickup point on Via Cavour is a little obscure and with our non-English speaking taxi driver and his non-Italian speaking riders (us), we were a bit concerned over arriving on time. All worked out though. Our tour guide Larissa was excellent. Her background as an archeologist really added a lot to our time at Hadrian's Villa. The ruins are very extensive, but she gave us the information to properly envision the Villa as it was thousands of years ago. The recommended lunch spot in Villa d'Este was very nice and we really enjoyed the traditional italian food. The gardens and fountains at Villa d'Este were spectacular. The tour and commentary as we explored a good portion was very interesting. We also had a good amount of time for self-exploration. Transportation to and from the city went well. Would highly recommend this tour!

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Meryl C

We had a perfect day. Our guide Joseph was wonderful. He was very funny and knowledgeable.The whole day was perfect. I highly recommend thus tour.

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Judith T

This Tivoli Day Trip to see Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este is a must! Joseph Giuseppe was a wonderful guide - he was adept at speaking about the two villas as well as his hometown of Tivoli, providing many anecdotes and stories that kept everyone's attention while providing recommendations for things to see on our own. Each stop was a mix of guided tour and personal time, meaning you got all the history and group questions while also feeling like you could explore. All in all, highly recommended!

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Onnica R

Giuseppe was our guide and he was perfect! So well informed - a Tivoli native and you could tell how proud he was of his town. The day was hot, but there was plenty of shade and and the pace was just right. Villa d'Este is breathtaking.

User's Picture Gallery

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Hadrian villa

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Villa d'Este

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Villa d'Este

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Villa d'Este

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Villa d'Este

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Hadrian villa

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Hadrian villa

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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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