We did not have enough time at Villa dEste, we loved Hadrians
This trip to Tivoli rounded our Rome trip nicely! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and excited about Villa D'Este, although she seemed less interested in Hadrian's Villa, which seems to have more history associated with it. This was an English Tour. Two people in the group (who came together) spoke Spanish and said that they were fine with the tour being in English. Yet the guide not only said everything in Spanish in addition to English, but spent very disproportionate amount giving these two people individualized attention. Still a great trip with beautiful sites!!!
The venues were interesting and well worth viewing. Unfortunately, the tour guide had not been at the sites for over three months and there were some issues with construction, timing, etc. particularly at Hadrian's villa. The guide was also not helpful in adapting to visitors with different physical abilities and limitations and completely unhelpful regarding specifying workable lunch sites. Would recommend the trip but would suggest extending it so the pace can be less rushed.
A bit disappointing. Realise time would be limited on just an afternoon trip but felt we saw very little of the main sights of Hadrian's Villa. Only a few ruins. Were not taken to see any of the monuments or statues. Missed out on the well-known sight of statues round the rectangular pool! Have seen better ruins in Pompeii - in fact would have been better staying in Rome and walking round the Forums.
Villa d'Este worth seeing but only time to look at the main couple of fountains. Would like to return to both places to have a proper look but will not book this tour again. A waste of money.
This was a great tour. Hadrian's Villa over 120 acres really came alive with our excellent tour guide who supplied detailed information about how Hadrian lived in approximately 100 AD. The tour guide made you feel how life was in Hadrian's Villa. We next traveled to Tivoli and the Villa d'Este gardens. Tivoli is a beautiful city on top of a mountain. The gardens run down the side of the mountain and are beautiful with wonderful waterfalls and fountains. Lots of walking and climbing in this tour! Notwithstanding, it was well worth the time and effort.
The tour guide for this was a grumpy young lady who treated the expedition like we were an inconvenience to her. There were some elderly people on this tour who had difficulty negotiating the stairs , distances and pace at both sites and this effectively split the group in 2, with some of us assisting the couple. That not withstanding Hadrian's Villa was one of the best preserved and fascinating places we had been to and the sense of Time and place and interesting history of Hadrian makes this for me a " must see "
Villa D'Este was just beautiful the grandeur and spectacle of the fountains and water features in the gardens was breathtaking. This is however, not a place for the faint hearted ,there are many many steps
Hadrian's Villa has a lot of uneven rocky ground and if you are slow or incapacitated in any way I would not recommend this tour. In fact it was disappointing to this elderly couple that this was not stated at the outset as it old have assisted in their decision making. For me this tour , apart from "grumpy girl" was terrific!!!
A very nice way to spend a Sunday morning in the country side. Hadrian's Villa is quite an interesting excavation site when considering all the places we have come across his influence.It's mind boggling that it has taken 400 years so far.It does take some imagination to figure out how it all looked in those days.With Villa d Este one doesn't have that problem.The villa is nothing special until one heads for the large gardens with its wide range of spectacular fountains. We would have liked to have spent more time there.The little town of Tivoli was very picturesque and a great place to get away from the crowds in Rome.
We had two languages combined (French and English) which I didn't really like because you had to wait for the guide to give the explanation in both languages. One perk of this company is that they do offer hotel pick-up in the morning and then will drop you off at a major metro line so you can make your way back to the hotel. Villa d'este or Trivoli is amazing especially considering how long ago this was done and without modern plumbing. Hadrian's Villa was cool but I personally liked Pompeii better. Please note for all major archeological digs the items recovered are in a different museum that is not part of the tour. What you are seeing is just the ruins and a few re-created statues. This tour spends about 1 hour at each location and for us that was a perfect amount of time.
The trip to Hadrian's villa was great but given how long we spent there and the fact that the tour company "forgot" to take into account that the day we went was the first day of daylight savings time, we lost an hour of daylight and the Villa d'Este closes an hour earlier than it does in the summer. That gave us only 15-20 minutes to see the gardens which is no where near enough time. It's magnificent and in my opinion should be the highlight of the trip. Our guide was wonderful and I would certainly recommend doing the tour.
Way too little time at each place, we had 50 minutes at Hadrians villa and 40 minutes at villa d'este. It didn't help that our group had to have 4 languages at each stop, which must have lost us a lot of time. You need at least another 20-30 minutes at Hadrians Villa and the same again at Villa D'este to do them the remotest justice. The tour guide was very helpful and she did her best to keep things moving along, her organisers could have helped out by not taking bookings which meant the poor lady having to explain things 4 times - in French, Italian, Spanish and English! Add an hour to the trip, limit it to 2 languages and it would probably have worked.
Martha was our very knowledgeable guide for this tour. If you like history, you will enjoy exploring the ruins at Hadrian's Villa. The Villa d'Este was amazing. The Villa itself was beautiful but the gardens with the walkways and fountains were truly beautiful and a site to see. Thank you, Martha, for the excellent tour.
This was an excellent tour. It may be that we were lucky to have Priscilla as a guide (she actually has an archeological background), but anyway she was superb - informed, full of detail, always ready to answer questions, witty and a good but never officious organiser. She even commented on areas we passed on the (relatively short) journey to the area. One could not ask for better.
The tour is very convenient in combining visits to the two locations. Villa d'Este is more or less in the centre of Tivoli, but Hadrian's Villa is in a small town a couple of miles away, and would have been much less convenient for us to visit on our own. Both locations are amazing: d'Este chiefly for its wonderful fountains, which are dazzling in the sun (so try to arrange to go on a fine day!). Hadrian's Villa, which is a larger site, is a striking example of what the Romans got up to in truly sybaritic mode, and Priscilla was particularly knowledgeable about this site.
Inevitably, there were areas we might have explored at greater leisure on our own, but there was no sense of hassle on the tour, and the benefit of having a guide and an organised itinerary outweighed any other considerations. Our one suggestion is to give people just a little longer over lunch (which was in the centre of the small town of Tivoli). There are plenty of places to eat, and Priscilla's recommendation provided quick friendly service and good food, so we can recommend it, but it would have been nice to feel that bit more relaxed, and perhaps to have fifteen minutes longer than the 50 we were allowed! However, this is just a small reservation in an otherwise excellent and memorable tour.
The tour office is pretty easy to find (near the central station), and the formalities were all handled in a pleasantly informal manner. We actually booked the tour online from our hotel while we were in Rome, and everything went exactly according to plan. Full marks!
Great trip not too far from Rome at a comfortable pace. Another ancient Roman site with some well preserved components particularly Villa d'Este and a great story behind the location and buildings. The water driven organ was a pleasant surprise, we really enjoyed this.
I would recommend everyone do this tour. After seeing Pompeii and the Herculaneum, Hadrian's Villa was the icing on the cake. the tour guide, Rachel was absolutely fantastic and gave such great information in an interesting way. She was obviously very knowledgable and gave a history prior to arriving at the site that made it all very clear. She was an excellent tour guide. Villa d'Este was beautiful and more time to truly explore would have been great.
Fabulous trip! Our guide was exceptionally pleasant and knowledgeable. We had a wonderful afternoon touring the villas. Definitely recommend this tour. Ask for Lucca to guide you, and you will not be disappointed.
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