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

1. 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

2. 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 Half-Day Tour

3. 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.

Rome: Tivoli Villas and UNESCO Jewels Tour

4. 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.

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

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

Explore Italy's hidden gems with a live tour guide on this tour. Visit the ancient Emperor Hadrian's villa and walk around the beautiful Villa D'Este. Start your trip with a pickup at your hotel. First, visit Emperor Hadrian's villa which was built in the 2nd-century. You will have in front of your eyes Greek, Roman, and Egyptian elements fused together in a breath-taking view. After this, visit the Villa D’Este for an insight into another stunning villa. See the most complete monument of the Italian Renaissance and explore the beautiful Italian gardens.  Return back to your hotel with memories that will last a lifetime.

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.

Rome: Villa D'Este & Tivoli Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

7. Rome: Villa D'Este & Tivoli Tour with Skip-the-Line Entry

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 typical 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. Audioguides (in English, French, German and Spanish) are available for both the villa and garden. They may be rented at the entrance.

From Rome: Private Tivoli Villas Day Trip

8. 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

4.4 / 5

based on 54 reviews

Really interesting tour, the gardens and fountains are lovely. Unfortunately you don't have enough time. You should be good on foot if you want to see everything in time. But it's definitely worth it. Our guide Phillip explained everything to us well. We were lucky that he only had to explain to us in 1 language. Normally there are always 2 languages.

The guide was very good. Very knowledgeable And professional. She lived in the area and was familiar with the whole community The Villas and especially the gardens were magnificent The fountains were magical . Well organized tour We would highly recommend the tour

Giuseppe is a very kind and well-informed guide. He managed to keep us all in the shade and cope with the heat of the Italian summer. We had a great time in Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este. A truly memorable day.

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

It was the best idea to dedicate a day of our vacation to go on an excursion there.