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  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration:  5 hours (approx.)
Visit Tivoli on a half-day trip from Rome and see two UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites in one afternoon! Focusing on the town's two opulent villas, your afternoon trip combines a walking tour of Hadrian's Villa (Villa Adriana) with extra time to explore at your leisure in the incredible Villa d'Este. After gaining a vivid glimpse into the lives of rich Renaissance Romans who spent their summers in Tivoli, return to Rome in time for your evening plans.

Highlights

  • 5-hour Tivoli sightseeing trip from Rome with an expert guide
  • Visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites in one afternoon
  • Enjoy a walking tour through Hadrian's Villa and learn about the extravagant Emperor Hadrian
  • Explore Villa d'Este and its beautiful gardens at your leisure
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach

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What You Can Expect

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

A water-spouting gargoyle in the Villa d'Este Gardens

Leaving Rome in the afternoon, head east by luxury, air-conditioned coach to the ancient town of Tivoli. In just under an hour, arrive in the beautifully preserved hill town overlooking the Aniene River below. Pass through its idyllic, winding streets and gaze at panoramic views over the valley as you travel to the magnificent Hadrian's Villa (Villa Adriana).

Your friendly guide will show you a model creation of the villa 2,000 years ago. Using ideas from his travels around Europe, the Emperor Hadrian created the most lavish holiday home imaginable, with opulent Roman baths, temples and palaces alongside elaborate fountains nestled into every nook and cranny. Hear fascinating facts about the estate in its heyday from your guide and head into the grounds for a walking tour around the ruins and gardens.

Next, continue to Villa d'Este, the town's other equally impressive villa. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this former Benedictine convent is famous for its beautifully manicured gardens, Renaissance architecture and glorious fountains, not to mention its sheer size! Learn how when the villa was commissioned in 1550, local residents were forced to move out of the area to create space for the vast site -- almost a village in its own right.

After an introduction to Villa d'Este from your knowledgeable guide, spend time exploring the grounds independently. Be sure to remember your camera, as the gardens are often considered Tivoli's most picturesque spot!

Your guide will meet you back on the coach in time for a relaxing journey back to Rome. Arriving in the evening, you'll be back in time for your nighttime plans in Rome!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Excellent guides. Timely start. Very accommodating of my wife's tendency towards motion sickness.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

Villa d'Este is absolutely beautiful.

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