We had a fantastic time on this tour. The very small group size (6) meant we were able to easily interact with each other and the guide and ask questions when needed. Larissa was an excellent guide and made the tour very interesting. She had a thorough knowledge of the area and history and a clear love and passion for her job. The two estates were amazing, the gardens were beautiful and the view to Rome from the top of Villa D'Este was breathtaking. The town of Tivoli was lovely and peaceful and the fresh, hand made pasta we enjoyed at a local Tivoli cafe for lunch was the best pasta we have eaten. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Rome!
It was a great tour. The guide speaks good english and showed good knowledge about the history of Villa d´Este and Hadrian´s Villa, two places totally diferent e amazing. They didn´t pick you at the hotel. When you book, they sent you the agency´s adress and you have to go there. But I recommend.
Loved this day trip to Tivoli. The day was rainy but we had umbrellas. You are outside most of the day, so wear comfortable walking shoes and wear a coat if it's chilly or rainy. I wouldn't recommend this tour for small kids. Lots of stairs, lots of walking, but well worth it! The ruins at Hadrian's Villa were very interesting. Our archeologist guide, Elizabetha, did a fantastic job describing and explaining things. The highlight, however, was the visit to Villa d'Este. Oh my goodness. The water falls and landscaping and fountains were spectacular! For lunch we ate at a restaurant called Trattoria de Falcon. Excellent food!
A wonderful half-day trip. Hadrian's Villa meant nothing to me until I got there, but it's really interesting. The gardens at Villa d'Este met all my expectatiions. A 'must do' while in Rome.
This tour was great! The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The sites, Hadrian's villa and the Villa d'Este were terrific. But be aware that this is a physically taxing tour.
Tivoli was amazing. I have never seen so many fountains. We would love to go back and spend time in a different season when the gardens are blooming. Hadrian's Villa was very interesting but we only saw about half as it is outside Rome and took about an hour to get to. It is very large and a wonderful look at how Hadrian lived.
This was a wonderful tour and our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The tour of Villa d'Este required lots of walking up and down hills that would limit some visitors by they still had a beautiful view. I think this tour is a must if visiting Rome and time allows.
Joel T A
Excellent excursion. I would definitely recommend it. The guide was informed and courteous. To add to the experience, perhaps some written information about Emperor Hadrian, his favorite Antenous, and the Cult of Antenous which developed after his death, would add to the experience. Most people are sadly mis-informed and uninformed about this history. Just a suggestion.
Excursion to Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este was fantastic. Both sites are very interesting and are worth a visit. On top of it, we were blessed with a beautiful sunny day ideal for sightseeing.
My only frustration is that Viator site indicates that the tour operator provides free hotel pickup for that tour. We called Viator prior to booking and the rep confirmed that we would be picked up at our hotel before the tour. Two days after booking, we received an email stating that hotel pick up was not available and we would need to reach the meeting point in Rome City Centre on our own. The service provider confirmed to us in Rome that they never provide hotel pick up for that tour.
We had a wonderful tour of Tivoli Gardens and Hadrian's Villa. The tour guide, Alfonso, was extremely knowledgeable about the history and archaeology of Hadrian's Villa and the Tivoli Gardens was beautiful.
This was a great tour with guide Larissa. We spent a lovely day in Tivoli, with a lunch at an outside restaurant with excellent food. So much to see, but we did it all, and it was all quite amazing.
This was a great tour--very interesting and informative. I would give it a 10 out of 10. The tour guide, however, exceeded all expectations! She was knowledgable, thoughtful, and spoke English very well. I am of limited mobility and could not walk the whole of Hadrian'sVilla. What I did see was very good. At the Villa d'Este, our guide arranged for a golf cart for my husband and myself. This was so thoughtful and we got to see the all of the grounds and fountains. She made this trip truly memorable. I would highly recommend this tour and Viator.
Big let down Villa d'Este fountains weren't on as that was one of the main reasons we went, no explanation why when I asked either. Hadrians villa was amazing and would highly recommend it to anyone.
We had done this tour on a previous trip and enjoyed doing it again. Hadrian's Villa is impressive, but is ruins, so expectations should be limited. Villa d'Este is unique and very pretty - the fountains are very numerous and varied. Great photo opportunities.
The guide was good. We had an issue with some people retuning to the bus very late which limited some of the touring time.
an afternoon at the two villas is okay but it would be better if you had slightly more time to roam around and soak everything all in.
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