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

1. 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.

Rome: Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica Guided Tour

2. Rome: Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica Guided Tour

Join a walking tour of the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore, located on Esquiline Hill. Discover the secrets of this impressive monument, one of the four papal basilicas in Rome. The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore was built on the site where the Virgin Mary appeared in a dream of pope Liberius. This is also where a blanket of snow appeared on the hill in the middle of summer. Find out how the locals commemorate this miracle every year with white flower petals. See the 14th-century bell tower, the highest bell tower in Rome standing tall at 75 meters. It is said that there are pieces of wood from Jesus' crib underneath the altar (Sacra Culla). Visit the patriarchal basilica, which contains the funerary monuments of Pope Clement IX, Paul V, and Nicolas IV. Discover a number of other famous Catholics who are buried here as well, including saint Jerome and the artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Rome: Tivoli Villas and UNESCO Jewels Tour

3. 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 trip from Rome. Choose from a tour with or without hotel pickup and ride in an air-conditioned coach.  Transfer in a comfortable and spacious coach from Rome to the little town of Tivoli just a few kilometers from the city center. Discover a splendid natural environment on the scenic drive. Stop at the remarkable architectural complex of the Villa Adriana. Explore this villa that was 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 its symbols. Head to the Renaissance-style Villa d’Este to uncover its spectacular terraced garden. Enjoy the beauty of its cascades, water tanks, and fountains. Admire a masterpiece of Italian landscape gardening.  Stroll thorugh its numerous nymphs, grottoes and fountains that were inspired by the Gardens of Babylon. Return to your meeting point in Rome by coach at the end of your tour. 

Tivoli Villa d’Este & Hadrian’s Villa Tour from Rome

4. Tivoli Villa d’Este & Hadrian’s Villa Tour from Rome

The countryside around Rome is well worth visiting and Tivoli, a hill-town just forty kilometers from Rome, is by far the most popular tour destination among private day trips from Rome to the countryside. Rome is certainly beautiful and no other city in the world can compare with its history. This tour gives you the opportunity to have a wonderful private day tour to Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa, accompanied by a professional and licensed English-speaking driver at your complete disposal the tour. The driver will pick you up from the hotel and drive first of all to Hadrian’s Villa, just a few kilometers before reaching Tivoli. The villa of the emperor Hadrian was one of the largest villas ever built in the Villa d’Esteoman Empire, even greater than the center of Rome. In Hadrian’s Villa there were thermae, libraries, palaces, a theater and quarters. Walking there you’ll feel unique emotions. The villa was built for the roman emperor Hadrian who didn’t like his palace in Rome. During the last part of his life the emperor Hadrian governed Rome and its empire from the villa and this explains the enormous dimensions. In Hadrian’s Villa the Maritime Theater is a real emotion to visit. It’s a round portico with a round pool, an island in the center where it is said that the emperor Hadrian liked to spend long periods of time alone to relax. After the visit to Hadrian’s Villa the driver will take you to Tivoli where you’ll have lunch and then visit the garden and fountains of, a country residence created in the 16th century by Pirro Ligorio for Cardinal Ippolito d’Este, hence the name of the villa.

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

5. 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: 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.

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The transportation service is excellent. The driver picked me up at the designated time and place. The day trip to Tivoli was exceptional and I would enjoy a second tour as there is so much to see and learn.

Very informative tour. The guide was very knowledgable and took us to areas of the church that we wouldn’t normally be able to see. Well worth the money.

Amazing ruins at Hadrian’s Villa and unbelievably beautiful gardens and views from Villa D’Este. Well worth the visit!

Very impressive tour if the description online be a bit clearer of the villa, you will attract more visitors to come.

it was a really nice adventure. the tour guys was really nice.