A very enjoyable day trip, were luck to be with a good group of travellers. Hadrian's Villa was nothing like I imagined it was BETTER - Same with Villa d'Este, I had no idea what it would be like and it was beautiful. I never seen so many waterfalls or fountains.
Both sites are very beautiful and impressive. Hadrian's Villa is a huge, however you only get to see part of it because there's not enough time.
Whilst the actual places were great to see, the walk from the lower car park at Hadrians villa up the hill is VERY difficult for old people or people with injuries. The walk goes up a road and there is plenty of bus size parking at the top so it would have been far better to be able to get off the bus at the top. This would also provide for more time at the actual site to look around.
This tour was excellent, could have spent more time at Hadrian's Villa as it is so vast.
Villa d'Este was well worth the visit and the water gardens were breathtaking.
The guide was knowledgeable and friendly.
Overall excellent trip and highly recommended.
The tour stared on time and it was such a pleasure to take a break from Rome and go to Tivoli. I forgot the name of our tour guide, but she was fantastic. She is clearly very passionate about the history on the sights that we visited. On our arrival back in a Rome, she arranged with the driver to drop us off at Termini, which was far more convenient than having to walk from the official drop off point.
Touring the town of Tivoli, Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este gave us a chance to see more than the usual "Top 10 Tourist Attractions of Rome!" The Villas are incredible, especially the gardens with all of the fountains. I was also especially impressed by our very knowledgeable and linguistically talented guide who provided explanations to our multi-linguistic group in English, Spanish and French. The view of Rome from the hilltop Villas and the short ride through the countryside were new views that enhanced this my third visit to Rome.
I am a Hadrian fan so seeing his Tivoli villa was awesome, but must say Villa d'Este was an unexpected surprise what a great half day tour. Luckily for us the weather was beautiful and absolutely no crowd to deal with at either location. A win, win!!
Unexpected surprise. My expectations were far exceeded with this day trip. Hadrian's villa was pretty much as expected. The tour leader was very knowledgeable and the visit to the ruins was lengthy. The visit to Tivoli and Villa d'Este were unexpected surprises. The town was very quaint and full of good eating places. Villa d'Este was beautiful. You just couldn't take enough pictures and take in one great view after another. This day trip is just long enough also. I will mention the walking and step climbing is somewhat strenuous.
The tour was entertaining and informative. Viviana, the guide, knew her stuff and was easily understood. The bus trip to/from Tivoli was relaxing with heaps of room for tour participants.
The only reason why I did not give this tour 5 stars was ......
We noticed several of the tour participants found the up-hill (entry) section at Hadrian's Villa and getting back to the top at Ville d'Este a struggle. I did not notice a difficulty warning attached to this tour. May be there should be (or be more prominent).
All ran very smoothly on a beautiful day of warm sunshine. Our guide was Viviana who was very informed and pleasant. A great day out. A little bit more time at the Villa d'Este would have been nice, that's all.
very interesting and informative.
Villa d'Este beautiful and a good time of year to see it.
A different trip for those who would like to get out of the city for a few hours.
The tour was very well organized and informative. Our guide Felix was proficient and took us to the main areas we needed to visit in both sites. I would have spent some more time in Tivoli and Villa d'Este. I understood the tour was ending at 17:30 but we returned to Rome at 16:30. Both Villas are a must see for anyone interested in the Roman Empire and the baroque and renaissance architecture. The fountains at Villa d'Este are magnificent.
This tour was good, but not spectacular for me. The guide, Margarita, was wonderful. She had 3 languages other than her own on our bus and she deftly managed all 3. Villa d'Este was beautiful. Hadrian's Villa was impressive and would have
Really good trip, the only thing I would advise is that considering both sites, Hadrians villa and Villa d'Este are both significantly large areas to view, the half day trip is not long enough to fully appreciate the attractions of both sites. The hotel pick up, seemed like a good idea, however after confirming attendance for the trip (24 hours earlier), with the operator (Green Line Tours), I was informed pick up time was given as 6.45am, actual pick up time was 7.10am and we did not leave the city centre until 8.00am (would advise if you were staying close enough to GLT office to make your own way there to save wasted time!). Guide was very good, multi lingual and informative
I'm so glad I planned a day trip to Tivoli to visit Villa d'Este and Hadrian's Villa. Hadrian's Villa is fascinating and especially when you tour it with a knowledgeable guide who is also an archeologist. We learned so much in our morning visit to Hadrian's Villa in a small group at a leisurely pace that allowed us plenty of time to take pictures and ask questions. After lunch, we toured Villa d'Este which is amazing. I only wished we visited at another time of year. The fountains were not running due to the rainy days in December. I would definitely return to Tivoli one day to tour Villa d;Este again in its fully glory.
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