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

1. From 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.

Lake Como: 3-Hour Group or Private Boat Tour with Snacks

3. Lake Como: 3-Hour Group or Private Boat Tour with Snacks

Departure from Como, in "Via Lungo Lario Trieste n28 " you will find a small pier. We will see the new Electric Life, the Voltiano Lighthouse with the Voltiano Temple. The war memorial of the First World War. Villa la Rotonda and Villa Olmo. We will then arrive in Cernobbio where we will be able to admire its centre, Villa Erba, Villa D'Este and Villa Pizzo. We will then meet the Borgo of Moltrasio with Villa Fontanelle (ex Versace) and then we will arrive at the Borgo of Laglio, made famous thanks to George Clooney with Villa Oleandra, a curious Pyramid and the Ernesto Riva shipyard, from here we pass to the opposite bank stopping at the Ravine of Nesso to admire the waterfall and have a nice swim*. (3h) Then we will continue towards Brienno, Argegno to get to admire the Isola Comacina of historical importance. Finally we could admire the wonderful Villa Balbianello (film set of Star Wars and 007 James Bond). *We continue arriving in Torno where we could see Villa Pliniana, Hotel Il Sereno and Villa Taverna. We reach Blevio with Villa Rocca Bruna (Hotel Mandarin Oriental), Villa Schouvaloff, Villa Usuelli, Cademartori and Villa Troubetzkoi. Thus returning to Como observing Villa Mirabella and finally Villa Geno and its Fountain thus arriving at the departure pier

Vatican Small Group Morning Tour with Secret Room Access

4. Vatican Small Group Morning Tour with Secret Room Access

Meet your guide in front of Caffé Vaticano, just outside the Vatican Museums, and join a small group of no more than 6 people. In this intimate group, you can easily make your way through the museums and experience the sites and artifacts up-close. With the personalized attention of your guide, you are free to engage and ask all the questions you like. Thanks to a new partnership in 2022, you can enjoy first entry into the Museums, reserved by only a handful of other tour operators. This special entry and tour are designed to guarantee you access and viewing of the Raphael Rooms and the Sistine Chapel 30 minutes before other operators and 1 hour before the general public. In the quiet of the morning, walk through and enjoy the Pinecone Courtyard and the Museo Clementino. Then make your way to the secret room – the Cabinet of the Masks, not open to the general public and only available on this tour. Beyond the velvet ropes, view the spectacular mosaic floors carefully brought over from Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli, and view stunning depictions of Aphrodite and Nympha in various sculptures. Follow your guide through the Hall of Animals, Gallery of Statues, and Hall of Busts which also display masterpieces unseen to the public. With your expert guide, make your way along the Vatican Museums and stop in front of the breathtaking Belvedere Torso and take photos from only a few feet away. Walk through the Gallery of Tapestries where you can see the work of Raphael’s students, and continue through the Gallery of Maps which fill the entire hall leading up to the highlight of the tour – Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. Before entering, your guide will give you all the information you will need to know to truly appreciate this masterpiece. Your guide will then lead you into the chapel where you will have plenty of time to enjoy and study this beautiful work of art. The final stop of the tour will be the beautiful Basilica of St Peter’s, where you can admire the stunning architecture that is adorned by infamous art, such as Pietà by Michelangelo - crafted when he was just 25 years old - and the Baldacchino, the large bronze canopy sculpted by Bernini that frames the altar of the Basilica.

From Milan: Lake Como Small Group Tour with a Private Driver

5. From Milan: Lake Como Small Group Tour with a Private Driver

This 9-hour small group guided tour will introduce to you the most famous lake of Italy - Lake Como, together with its remarkable villas and breathtaking panoramic view. The tour includes the private luxury transfer to/from Milan and reservations for one of the most important restaurants in Lake Como as well as an expert guide & visit of famous villas. The guided tour starts near Piazza Duomo of Milan, where you will start your journey in a luxury Mercedes Car (with air conditioning and Wi-Fi) with a professional driver will drive you directly to Cernobbio, one of the most famous lakeside towns in Lake Como. The tour guide will introduce to you the history of Cernobbio, for which, since 19th century, has been reborn into a world-famous luxury resort destination. To introduce to our guest the most beautiful experience of Lake Como, we will prepare lunch reservation for our clients in Villa D’Este, which will allow clients to visit the renaissance interior design and garden of the Villa (if Villa D'Este is fully booked, we will suggest and book another place). Before becoming the global symbol of luxury hospitality, since 15th century, the Villa had always been the residence of the most noble Italian families. After Cernobbio, you will enjoy a short boat ride to arrive at Como city center. From Como center, your guide will accompany you for a leisure walk along the lake to Villa Olmo. Villa Olmo was constructed after Villa d’Este in 18th century with neoclassic design. Its beauty is complemented with extensive and elegant lake front symmetric gardens, sculptures, fountains and immense English garden in the back. Being one of very limited Lake Como villas that remain opened to the public, Villa Olmo gives visitors the unique opportunity to admire the prestigious life style of Italian most privileged social class in the past. Back to Como center, you will start to learn more about the Como city by itself. Como has a long history dated back even before Roman empire, was ruled by multiple Italian, German and Austrian emperors due to its strategic location. You will stop by the Duomo of Como, the last Gothic Duomo built in Italy and the most important religious site of the city. From Duomo of Como, you will continue to explore the city centers led by narrow marble streets through other important sites such as Piazza San Fedele, Via Vitani, Piazza Cavour. To end a long, exciting day in Lake Como, you will take a funicular to Brunate (if it is open and is not too crowded), where you can enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of lake Como and admire for all the destination you have visited during the day. From here, your private driver will pick you up and go straight back to Piazza Duomo in Milan. A different pickup & dropoff place can be arranged as well.

Tivoli: Dining Experience at Local Home

6. Tivoli: Dining Experience at Local Home

Get ready for a culinary experience like no other at a local home in Tivoli. Over 3 hours, enjoy exclusive cooking instruction from your genial host and taste authentic Italian dishes. Treasured in family cookbooks, these recipes have been passed down from generation to generation.  Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you make a genuine connection with locals. Enjoy a 4-course menu including a starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, dessert, plus a selection of regional wines and coffee.

Tivoli: Market Tour and Home Cooking Class with Dinner

7. Tivoli: Market Tour and Home Cooking Class with Dinner

First you’ll go food shopping like a pro at the distinctive local Tivoli market, learning how to select the best fresh produce from the region. You’ll then put your delicious ingredients to use in a private cooking class at a local home, learning the secret recipe of the most renowned regional dishes from a professional chef before dining on the fruits of your labor and washing down your meal with a selection of local red and white wines. During the cooking lesson, your private chef will reveal the tricks of the trade behind no less than three authentic local recipes and you’ll have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. By the end of the evening, you’ll have acquired both memories and culinary expertise that will last a lifetime.

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What people are saying about Tivoli

This is a must do! Our guide was fantastic - we never felt rushed all day and he talked slowly, so I could understand him easily. Lunch was a bit of a disappointment. No one liked the baked cheese. The mini van was a bit of a squash but that was ok.

Loved the whole experience. The guide (Giusepe) was really a pleasant component of the journey, with his deep insights and funny / relaxing attitude. Would recommend all history and arts lovers!

Giuseppe was a wonderful guide gave us so much history of the sites and the lunch we enjoyed was far above our expectations

Excellent and interesting tour. A great day just outside of Rome at a very fair price. So glad we went.

Loved the tour and Julia the guide was amazing! Highly recommend Jules!