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

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

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. Built in the Roman settlement of Tibur, Hadrian's Villa served as a retreat from Rome for the Roman Emperor Hadrian during the 2nd and 3rd decades of the 2nd century AD, and would be where he governed the Roman Empire during his last years or reign. Explore the complex to see the ruins of opulent pools, public baths and fountains. Marvel at classical Greek architecture and beautiful artworks. Have lunch at a typical Italian restaurant before moving on to Villa d’Este, best known for its beautiful terraces and the Apartments of the Cardinal with its 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.

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Rome: Day Tour of Villa D'Este & Hadrian's Villa Tivoli

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

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.

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

3. Rome: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este Half-Day Tour

Explore 2 of the most famous Italian villas on a half-day trip from Rome, following the ancient Roman road of "Via Tiburtina" to Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli. Upon arrival, explore the ruins at the foot of the Tiburtini Hills, where natural springs supply the spa town of Bagni di Tivoli. Along the way, look for the vast quarries of travertine marble. Built in the 2nd century, Hadrian’s Villa was once more powerful and impressive than the center of Imperial Rome and boasts exquisite fountains and gardens. Admire the caryatids and columns of Canopus and Serapeum, the artificial grotto named after an Egyptian temple to the god Serapis, and more. Continue to the Renaissance Villa d'Este, where you can wander the Italianate gardens and discover an abundance of grottoes, frescoes and mosaics. Marvel at fountains that create a graceful symphony of carved stone, and provide shade, sunlight and water. A series of terraces evokes the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, while the underground aqueduct provides testimony to the engineering skill of the Romans.

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Tivoli Day Trip: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este with Lunch

4. Tivoli Day Trip: 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 full-day trip from Rome. You’ll meet your expert guide in Rome, board a comfortable air-conditioned coach, and proceed to Hadrian’s Villa for a guided walking tour. Hadrian’s Villa was built as a retreat from Rome for the Roman Emperor Hadrian during the 2nd century A.D. Your guide will help you will step back in time as you explore the archaeological ruins of Hadrian’s Villa and the complex of temples, statues, theaters, and thermal baths. From Hadrian’s Villa the coach will take you to a spot near Villa d’Este, where you’ll have a break to enjoy a delicious lunch at a typical local restaurant. After the lunch break, you learn about the intriguing history of the Renaissance when you visit the romantic Villa d’Este, a former Benedictine convent. Walk with your guide through villa’s stunning gardens, marvel at its impressive waterfalls and pools, and see the famous Fountain of Neptune. At the end of the day you’ll take the coach back to Rome to the original departure point.

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Rome: Tivoli Villas and UNESCO Jewels Tour

5. Rome: Tivoli Villas and UNESCO Jewels Tour

Discover the glorious villas of Tivoli that date back to the times of the Romans and the Renaissance on a half-day tour from Rome. Following an optional pickup from your hotel in the capital, transfer by comfortable transport to the little town of Tivoli just a few kilometers from the city center. Discover a splendid natural environment between the “Eternal City” and the high hills to the east of Rome. Stop at the remarkable architectural complex of the Villa Adriana, built in the 2nd century AD by the Emperor Hadrian. Marvel at its different architectural styles, with influences from Egypt, Rome, and Athens. Learn how it was designed as an "ideal city," and explore some of the symbols of ancient times. Then, go to the Renaissance-style Villa d’Este and explore its palatial setting, surrounded by a spectacular terraced garden. Enjoy the beauty of its cascades, water tanks, and fountains. Admire a masterpiece of Italian landscape gardening, and its numerous nymphs, grottoes and fountains that were inspired by the Gardens of Babylon.

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

6. 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.

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Cappadocia: Full-Day Small Group Underground Cities Tour

7. Cappadocia: Full-Day Small Group Underground Cities Tour

Today, you will explore the most breathtaking parts of Cappadocia. At 9:30 AM, meet your guide at your hotel and drive to the first underground city at Kaymakli or Derinkuyu, once a place of refuge for 15, 000 Christians. Witness the ancient bedrooms, church, meeting hall, and food storage rooms in this 8-story city connected by 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) of corridors and passageways. Continue to Ortahisar, famous for its friendly inhabitants, picturesque stone houses, narrow streets, and lovely churches, as well as the castle-like rock formation after which the town is named. Next, make your way to Uchisar, the highest natural rock castle that provides a magnificent panorama of the surrounding area. Then, take a break to savor some amazing tastes of Turkish cuisine in a local restaurant. On your way back, stop at the panoramic Esentepe to take pictures of unique Cappadocia, and then at Göreme viewpoint for a breathtaking view over the village of Göreme. At the end of your tour, you will be driven back to your hotel or Göreme bus station.

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Tivoli and Villa D'Este from Rome

8. Tivoli and Villa D'Este from Rome

Start your day with a pick-up from your centrally located Rome accommodations. The driver will await you in the lobby before beginning the 45-minute journey to Tivoli. Upon your arrival, purchase your tickets and audio guide and enter the Villa d'Este, built in the heart of the Renaissance. Walk around the villa independently and observe the magnificent gardens and construction. Pose for photos in front of the Bernini-designed fountains as your audio guide tells you of the Cardinal and details his lavish life in the villa.  This famous Italian-style garden reverberates with the sound of many fountains that inspired Franz Liszt to write a piano melody titled, "Fountains of the Villa d'Este". After your tour of Villa D'Este, return to your car and travel to a beautiful restaurant with a wonderful view of Tivoli. Next, take a leisurely stroll in the small ancient town of Tivoli. The city offers a wide view of the Roman countryside and stunning landscape.  During the tour you’ll be allowed time for lunch (not included) in a very tipical restaurant and of course to visit the main sites of the town. At the end of the tour the driver will take you back to your accommodation in Rome. The tour will be a total of 6 hours from pick-up to drop-off. Audio guides (in English, French, German and Spanish) are available for both the villa and garden. They may be rented at the entrance for 4 Euro per person.

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From Rome: Tivoli Small-Group Tour with Lunch

9. From Rome: Tivoli Small-Group Tour with Lunch

Escape the bustle of Rome as you travel to the scenic Italian countryside on a day trip to Tivoli, located in a beautiful hillside town, only a short 40-minute journey away from the Capital. Begin at the magnificent Hadrian’s Villa, the second-century AD residence of Emperor Hadrian. Enjoy a semi-private tour as you explore the ancient ruins. Stroll around the Emperor’s estate and let this special place come to life with its captivating history. Taste some of the local dishes and experience the fine Italian cuisine made famous around the world. Then, take a stroll to the acclaimed Villa d’Este, where you can admire its luxurious design and stunning water gardens that are recognized across Europe. Relax as your day comes to an end and reflect on all of the highlights of this special tour, as you take the bus back to Rome.

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From Rome: Private Tivoli Villas Day Trip

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Tivoli

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 860 reviews

Our guide Joseph was great. The day was nicely split with Hadrian’s palace in the morning and the Villa d’Este and it’s amazing fountains in the afternoon. I felt we had adequate time at both sites as well as a good break for lunch. But Joseph was truly one of the highlights - very informative and a very engaging personality.

This was an amazing trip. Mainly for the fact that there were no tourists around and our group had almost a private viewing. Our guide, Giuseppe, was amazing, very knowledgable and explained everything clearly. I would recommend this trip, it’s definitely one of must see places.

This was such a worth while tour! We were worried about rain but it worked to our advantage, it felt like we were the first people to discover the area. Our guide was very knowledgeable and charming. I would strongly recommend this experience.

Our guide was very engaging and knowledgeable . We appreciated his sense of humor and eagerness to share information about his hometown of Tivoli.

Good amount of time spent at both villas. the guide was knowledgeable and shared many interesting facts about the villas.