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

1. 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

2. 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.

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

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

4. Tivoli: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este with Lunch

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este on a day trip from Rome with lunch included. Meet your guide in Rome, board a comfortable air-conditioned bus, and proceed to Hadrian’s Villa for a guided walking tour. Step back in time as you explore the archaeological ruins of Hadrian’s Villa and the complex of temples, statues, theaters, and thermal baths. Learn how it was built as a retreat from Rome for the Roman Emperor Hadrian during the 2nd century A.D. Then, hop back on the bus to head to a spot near Villa d’Este for lunch. Visit a typical restaurant to enjoy a delicious local lunch. After the lunch break, learn about the intriguing history of the Renaissance at romantic Villa d’Este, a former Benedictine convent. Walk with your guide through the villa’s stunning gardens, marvel at its impressive waterfalls and pools, and see the famous Fountain of Neptune. At the end of the day, take the bus back to Rome to the original departure point.

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

5. 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.

Rome: Private Tour of Hadrian's Villa with Archaeologist

6. Rome: Private Tour of Hadrian's Villa with Archaeologist

Travel back to the II century AD and explore the ancient villa of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. Be surrounded by the influences of his life and travels as you explore his home accompanied by an archaeologist guide. Start your journey at the Pecile, Hadrian's porch, with a view of his private garden and pool. Admire the panoramic views of the Roman countryside before arriving at the first pavilion: Hadrian's bath. Here, admire the incredible ancient architecture while your guide explains the mechanics. Continue to the extraordinary Canopus and Serapaeum, a dining room with an artificial lake ending with a semi-dome. See the ancient channels supplied with water from the nearby aqueduct. Next, step into the Hall of the Philosophers, a room where guests waited to be announced to the Emperor. Then, turn a corner and see the incredible Maritime Theater, an isolated ring-like Domus surrounded by water. Last stop: the annular corridor overlooking the Tablinum. Here, stand in the meeting room used by the Emperor. Enhance your experience as you explore with 3D renditions of each pavilion.

From Rome: Private Tivoli Villas Day Trip

7. From Rome: Private Tivoli Villas Day Trip

Visit the picturesque hilltop town of Tivoli on this day trip from Rome and discover a land of steep cliffs, rich history, and waterfalls. After getting picked up from your hotel in Rome, begin your journey to Tivoli, where you will experience the magic of 2 of Italy's finest UNESCO World Heritage Sites. First, head to Hadrian's Villa, where you can admire the luxurious private estate built by Emperor Hadrian during his 21-year reign. Accompanied by an expert guide, explore the complex's palaces, private theatres, artificial pools and lakes in depth. As you walk through the ruins, gain a unique insight into the life, career, and imagination of the emperor, who in the final years of his life ruled the entire Roman Empire from his sumptuous retreat. Afterward, visit another of Tivoli's famous villas, the beautiful Villa d’Este. Enjoy a stroll through the villa's splendid gardens studded with a dizzying array of wonderful fountains. Cardinal d’Este’s dream was to surpass the legendary luxury of Hadrian’s Villa, even going so far as to take archaeological remains from the ruins to enrich the splendour of his own home. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your hotel in Rome.

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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3.8 / 5

based on 6 reviews

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.

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.

Great sites to explore. And a terrific guide. Giuseppe was entertaining and extremely knowledgeable.

Very interesting tour. Giuseppe our tour leader was fabulous.