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

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

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 ready to capture incredible ruins, gardens and fountains while learning about the extravagant tastes of the emperors and cardinals who once lived there.


  • Visit the town of Tivoli on a half-day trip from Rome
  • See two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one day: Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este
  • Learn about the lavish Emperor Hadrian on a tour of Hadrian’s Villa (Villa Adriana)
  • Explore Villa d’Este with your guide and admire its incredible gardens and Bernini-designed fountains
  • Enjoy round-trip transport by air-conditioned coach from Rome

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What You Can Expect

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

Enjoy your tour in Hadrian's Villa!

Start your day with a pickup from your central Rome hotel or alternatively, start your tour at a meeting point in town, near Rome Termini Station. Travel east out of the city into the Monti Tiburtini hills, passing the area’s travertine marble quarries, and stop in the hilltop village of Tivoli – the summer home of holidaying Romans.

First stop here is Hadrian’s Villa (Villa Adriana), the former holiday home of Emperor Hadrian – built in the 2nd century AD. More akin to a small village than a home in today’s sense of the word, the ostentatious villa ruins are incredible to visit, with ruins of thermal baths, temples, palaces and theaters just waiting to be explored. Head into the site with your guide, and learn about the emperor’s ancient travels – reportedly the inspiration for many of the monuments -- while walking around.

After your tour of Hadrian’s Villa, return to your coach and travel the short distance to Tivoli’s other showstopping villa – the magnificent Villa d’Este. Built in the heart of the Renaissance – around 1550 – for Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este, Tivoli’s governor, Villa d’Este was a contentious building that upset the local residents as they had to move to make way for it. Walk around the site with your guide, taking in the gardens and posing for photos in front of Bernini-designed fountains while leaning about the Cardinal and his lavish life in the villa.

Return to your coach and relax on the way back to Rome. Your tour then finishes back at the start point – either your hotel or near Rome Termini. Alternatively, you can make use of a drop-off at Via Veneto, Piazza Barberini, Piazza Venezia or Piazza della Repubblica; simply let your guide know on the day.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

An absolutely fabulous trip. Both locations were the best sights we experienced in Rome. The beauty and history blew us away. Do not miss this trip...a great value...definitely worth it! In general, we found Rome way too insanely crowded, but going to these places is like a breath of fresh air...bravo Viator!

Marion E
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great half day trip from Rome. Hadrian's villa was impressive but the fountains at Villa d'Esta were awsome!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide was very informative. There were no crowds, which was so nice. The Villa d'Este, was beautiful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Hadrian's Villa was good, it's quite ruined now except the most modern bit with the pool at the end which was very nice
nice. Villa d'Este was amazing everything still as it was when it was built. Could have done with another 30:00 minutes to have a better look around but still worth doing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

I am giving this tour five stars with a warning to the reader. If you have the time and money, consider doing the full day tour instead. Both villas are absolutely astounding in their beauty, and you will want to spend as much time seeing the ruins in Hadrian's Villa and exploring the gorgeous gardens of Villa d'Este. My husband and I rushed to see everything we could on this tour, and would've preferred the day trip to explore at a more leisurely pace.

Still, this is not a bad tour in the least! Our guide showed us the best that Hadrian's Villa had to offer, and gave a short tour of the gardens of Villa d'Este before letting us explore on our own. If you only have the time to do a half-day trip, you won't want to miss this for the world. Absolutely stunning locations you wont see anywhere else. It's a great mix of history and beauty you will love, and you'll fill your camera with many photos from these places.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent trip. A little rushed an extra half-hour in Tivoli would have been nice, to have a coffee or icecream, or a chance to shop but a great way to see two outstanding sites, with knowledgable and friendly multilingual guides.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent tour, highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

What a great tour! Loved hearing about the history. The waterfalls were great amazing place, a must place to see.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was probably one of my favorite sites due to the uniqueness of the things to see.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The tour was really good. The Guides are very good and the Villa de Este and the Hadrian's Villa are very pretty.

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