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Tivoli: Villa D'Este & Villa Adriana Villae Pass & Pemcards

1. Tivoli: Villa D'Este & Villa Adriana Villae Pass & Pemcards

Take the advantage of booking one ticket to discover the best of Tivoli: Villa d'Este Villa Adriana and the Sanctuary of Hercules Victor. You can choose at your own pace where to start, your ticket give you the possibility to enter one time all the attractions. Admire fountains, water lilies and grottoes, in Villa d'Este. Travel back to the days of the Roman Empire during your visit at Villa Adriana. Admire the ruins of the Sanctuary that was devoted to protecting god of Tibur. Your pass has a duration of 3 days.

Rome: Villa D'Este and Hadrian's Villa Tivoli Day Tour

2. Rome: Villa D'Este and Hadrian's Villa Tivoli Day Tour

Depart Rome and transfer to Tivoli to tour 2 of Italy’s most impressive villas on this full-day tour of the Villa D'Este and Hadrian's Villa, with time to explore both magnificent country estates. Drive to Hadrian's Villa, built in the 2nd century by Emperor Hadrian, and once greater than the center of Imperial Rome. The largest and most luxurious residence ever built in Italy, it features an impressive array of imperial palaces, temples, theaters, thermal baths, and pools. After lunch, explore the grounds of the Villa D'Este and learn about the history and development of the villa, an enchanting site of the late Italian Renaissance. Once the home of Lucrezia Borgia's son, it is renowned for its spectacular gardens and trees, as well as its waterfalls and fountains. Highlights include the caryatids and columns of the Canopus and Serapeum, the pool and artificial grotto, named after an Egyptian city and temple dedicated to the god Serapis, and the Maritime Theatre, where a small Roman house was thought to have provided a retreat from the demands of court life.

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

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

Travel by airconditioned bus from Rome to the Tivoli to enjoy a guided tour of the Hadrian's Villa complex and the 16th-century Villa d’Este. Savor local flavors with a local lunch that includes wine and coffee. 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. Step back in time as you explore the ancient Roman settlement of Tibur, where Hadrian's Villa once served as a retreat for the Roman Emperor and where he governed the Roman Empire during his last years or reign. Discover the secrets of the complex as you uncover the ruins of opulent pools, public baths, and fountains. Marvel at classical Greek architecture and the remains of stunning artwork. Have lunch at a typical Italian restaurant before moving on to Villa d’Este, which is best known for its beautiful terraces. Head to the Apartments of the Cardinal and gaze out at the spectacular view of the gardens and courtyards. Stroll among the many decorative fountains, such as the Oval Fountain and Fountain of the Dragons in the lavish grounds. Return to your meeting point by bus at the end of your tour.

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

4. 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, and pebble mosaics. See sites such as the Fontana dell'Ovato, Le Cento Fontane (The Hundred Fountains), and more.

From Rome: Hadrian's Villa & Villa d'Este Tour with Lunch

5. From Rome: Hadrian's Villa & Villa d'Este Tour with Lunch

Leave the hustle and bustle of Rome behind on an excursion by bus to see the opulent villas of Hadrian and d'Este. Best of all, choose between a private, a small, and a large group tour to fit your needs. Once in Tivoli, tuck into a delicious lunch at a traditional trattoria. Sit back and relax on your hour-long journey to your first stop: Hadrian's Villa. Built in 120 CE and covering 500 hectares, the former Roman emperor's villa features the Imperial Palaces, the Pecile, the Grand Thermal Baths, and more — all of which you'll visit. Then, stop for a lunch break in Tivoli's historical center, relaxing and enjoying the local town before making your way to your last stop. After your delicious lunch, make your way to Villa d'Este, the villa of Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este, where construction began in 1650. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features 400 ornate water features and a breathtaking Renaissance Garden. Finally, head back to Rome filled with new knowledge and wonderful memories.

Tivoli: Entrance Ticket to Villa Adriana with Pemcard

6. Tivoli: Entrance Ticket to Villa Adriana with Pemcard

Enter the archaeological ruins of the Villa Adriana, a large Roman complex in Tivoli that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built by the Emperor Hadrian as a country villa, since he disliked Palatine Hill in Rome, today it is an immense park with many Roman ruins. Discover the remains of more than 30 buildings in the 1-square-kilometer grounds. Much of the area has still not been excavated so you can only imagine what might lie underground! See monuments such as the Maritime Theater, a round portico with a barrel vault supported by pillars. It includes a lounge, library, heated baths, 3 suites with heated floors, washbasin, art gallery, and large fountain. Inside the portico you will find a pool with an artificial island. Immortalize your visit and make your friends or family green with envy by sending them a Pemcard, a digital photo that you can send as a real postcard to anywhere in the world Other highlights include the Canopo, a huge rectangular pool encircled by sculptures, and the artificial grotto of the Serapeum. See artifacts that date back to the time when the villa was built, such as the marble statues of Antinous, Hadrian's deified lover, along with mosaics from the theater and baths.

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

7. 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.

From Civitavecchia Port: Private Shore Excursion to Tivoli

8. From Civitavecchia Port: Private Shore Excursion to Tivoli

Discover the 16th-century UNESCO World Heritage site, Villa d’Este, a mind-boggling palace and garden of architectural genius. Visit Hadrian’s Villa, or Villa Adriana, the impressive home of Emperor Hadrian in the second century. Walk in the lavish garden of Villa d’Este, set on a hilltop and one of Italy’s most extraordinary structures. Explore four hectares of magnificent lawns, romantic terraces, and impressive water features, at your leisure. Marvel at an awe-inspiring piece of Renaissance culture. The innovative garden design, with the Hundred Fountains, the Oval Fountain, and the Vialone Terrace. Stroll around the villa, stopping to admire the fresco-bedecked apartments and imagine living here in the 16th century. Visit Villa Adriana, an important archaeological site, set on 120 hectares of the countryside below Tivoli. Learn of the Greek, Roman and Egyptian aspects of this second-century masterpiece. Be impressed by the scale of this masterpiece and see a theatre, a stadium, water features, libraries and thermal baths, among the UNESCO-listed ruins.

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What people are saying about Hadrian's Villa

Giuseppe was a wonderful guide. He had some good jokes, was very kind and personable. He definitely made sure everyone understood him and answered everyone’s questions. He made the trip interesting with his knowledge and perspective. I would definitely recommend him and this tour. Got back in enough time to have a nice dinner and walk around Rome on our last night there.

Beautiful places both. With these tickets you skip the line and enter quickly. Be careful because it is not easy to reach Villa Adriana which is a long way from Villa d'Este. Organized tour with transport or car rental recommended.

Alesia was patient and attentive to all that went on the tour. Beautiful grounds and good food, learned some new things about Roman history.

Giuseppe was a great local guide. I learned many things about the villas and the town of Tivoli through the tour.

Very interesting tour. Giuseppe our tour leader was fabulous.