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View over the Villa Gregoriana and Tivoli, Lazio, Italy
Beautiful Villa D'Este at Tivoli Gardens, Rome

Half Day Tivoli Tour – Villa Adriana & Villa D' Este Back

  • Tour Code : TUR-00750
  • Type : Small Group
  • Duration : 4.0 Hours
  • Departs from : Rome
  • Meeting Place : Via Giovanni Amendola, 32 AFTERNOON TOUR: Free pick-up at the hotel if centrally located at 01.15 - 02.15 p.m.
  • Tour Start Time

    Afternoon Departure: 02:30 PM


For almost as long as there has been a city of Rome, people have been escaping it, hightailing to the mountains for a vacation from the Ancient City. Tivoli was always a favorite for the rich and well-connected. 

This is where the ancient emperor Hadrian built his villa in the 2 century and where the Renaissance Cardinals came to kick back – and we’re not going to let them have all the fun! See how the other half lived when you join us on our mini-break, a half -day tour to Tivoli visiting Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este – two grand palaces from vastly different eras; one a ruin of marble statues, crumbling columns and abandoned lakes; the other a Renaissance masterpiece, as grand now as it ever was. Our tour starts in the afternoon, once the heat of the day has died off. We’ll meet at a central location in Rome and take a comfortable, air-conditioned bus out of the city and into the mountains. In under an hour we’ll be at Hadrian’s Villa where our tour begins at a model recreation of what the villa looked like almost 2,000 years ago. Marvel at the eclectic architecture so far ahead of its time and at the unbridled extravagance of Emperor Hadrian, one of the five Good Emperors. As your guide leads you through the ruins here, you’ll learn that a lot of the fun is in the guesswork. With sites like the baths (whose steam vents are still evident) it’s easy to draw a solid conclusion, but what of the theatre with little room for guests? Or  the religious building dedicated to Antinous, the beautiful Greek boy that Hadrian wept for – is it a tomb or a shrine? Join your tour guide in a team effort to rebuild this majestic secon century ruin from the ground up. Then it’s on to our second stop of the day, Villa d’Este. Once a convent, this villa was requisitioned by Vatican Cardinals during the indulgent years of the Renaissance in the 16 century, and fitted out as a worthy retreat. In fact the palatial villa remained a private residence for the kingpins of the Catholic Church all the way through to the 19 century. After an introduction from your tour guide, you’ll be left to discover the amazing villa on your own. Of course you can opt to ogle the frescoes and gilding inside, but the main draw at the Villa d’Este are the terraces and incredible manicured gardens. Wander through the carefully preened shrubs and flowers, dip a hand into the many carved fountains, and admire the views from this perfectly positioned playground overlooking the Roman countryside. Don’t forget to pack a camera – this is easily the region’s most photogenic spot. As the day draws to a close we’ll hop back on our bus towards Rome. We’ll get you back to the city in time for dinner – a good thing too since all that oohing and ahhing builds up an appetite!

IMPORTANT: Transportation in air-conditioned bus and entrance fees to Villa Adriana and Villa D’Este included in tour price. Free sale till 72 hours before departure, afterwards please contact us for availability.




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  1. Air-conditioned bus

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