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  • Address: Piazza Trento, 5
  • Hours: Tues-Sun 8:30am to 1 hour before sunset
  • Admission: €11 per adult


Tivoli - Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este

Villa d'Este, in the town of Tivoli east of Rome, is a beautiful garden and palace complex that's listed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. The villa was built in 1560 and was the vision of Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este (who narrowly failed to become a pope). The villa is famous for its magnificent garden of grottoes, fountains, nymphs and water sculpture. Cardinal d'Este died in 1572. By then the work on the garden and the interior painting of the villa was mostly complete.

Over the centuries the Villa d'Este and its gardens have been remodeled, left to decay, renovated, bombed (during World War II) and finally put into the hands of the Italian government, which opened the complex to the public.

The cardinal also breathed new life into the Villa Adriana (Hadrian's Villa), the extensive residence of Emperor Hadrian dating from the 2nd century AD.

Practical Info

Reservations are essentially required to visit Villa d'Este. See the Tours & Tickets tab for options. Tivoli can be reached by train from Rome on the Roma-Pescara line, (station Tivoli), or by bus from Ponte Mammolo metro station, busline Cotral Roma-Tivoli, bus station in Tivoli is Largo Naziano Unite.

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Tivoli Day Trip from Rome: Villa d'Este and Hadrian's Villa

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Discover two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa, on a guided full-day trip to Tivoli from Rome. You’ll learn ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $101.80

Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este Half-Day Trip from Rome

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Visit Tivoli on a half-day trip from Rome and explore its two UNESCO-listed villas – Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este – with an expert guide. Have your camera ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $74.65

Tivoli Day Trip from Rome with Lunch Including Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este

Enjoy a day away from the hustle of the city and join this 7.5-hour day trip out of Rome to discover the famous Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este. Step back in ...  Read more

Location: Rome, Italy
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $133.47

Skip-the-Line: Hadrian's Villa Entrance Ticket

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UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999, Hadrian’s Villa includes an immense park, encompassing nearly 250 acres, ruins, thermal structures, a theater, ...  Read more

Location: Tivoli, Italy
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $13.57

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