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

1. 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.

Cappadocia: Full-Day Small Group Underground Cities Tour

2. 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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They are ruins that with a good explanation from the guide you get a perfect idea of how Emperor Hadrian lived. There is a part with reproduction of original sculptures that helps you imagine the space of baths, saunas, private homes... it's worth it! At Villa D'Este, the gardens are impressive, waterfalls, fountains…. Cardinal Este, rebounded by not being elected Pope, built that villa with all the water in the area…. all for him hehehehe and we see it! It deserves the visit!

Top organized private tour with very friendly driver and local, competent guide. Everything worked first class, confirmation of pick-up the day before by phone, punctual pick-up at the hotel, local guide with a lot of background knowledge. Not cheap, but really worth it!

Truly a wonderful day - Thank you

A personal tour was priceless.. Our driver & Donato (Donald - not trump), not to mention the weather, brought the whole day's experience to life. We are grateful for such a wonderful day. Thank you - Doug & Doris

Great guide, and we loved getting outside of Rome and away from the crowds. We could have wandered around Tivoli for longer, and I'm so glad we got to see the gardens.

We had a fabulous guide ( Donald) made us laugh and full of wonderful stories.