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Get out of Rome and head to hilltop Tivoli on this fun half-day guided trip. Explore the historic town and visit Hadrian's Villa and the Villa d'Este, two UNESCO World Heritage-listed spots. With an expert guide, tour the town and its historic villas, learning about the history of the area and seeing an exciting swath of the Roman countryside. 


  • 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!

Begin this half-day tour of Tivoli by getting picked up at your hotel in the center of Rome or opt to meet your guide near Rome's Termini Station. Hop on the comfortable coach for the ride. Learn about the history of Tivoli from your guide while admiring the views of the Roman countryside from the coach window. 

The first stop is Villa Adriana, also known as Hadrian's Villa, the erstwhile 2nd-century holiday home of Emperor Hadrian. Stroll among the ruins of the villa, which almost seems like more village than villa, as the place was expansive and ostentatious. See the temples and terrain, the theaters and thermal baths and learn about what daily life was like here 1,800 years ago from your guide. 

Hop back on the coach and make the short drive to Tivoli's other main attraction: the incredible Villa d'Este. This Renaissance-era palace, built in the the middle of the 16th century, was home to Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este, who at the time was also the governor of Tivoli. Stroll around the palace with your guide learning about its history, lingering in the verdant gardens and gawking at the Baroque fountains designed by none other than the master Gian Lorenzo Bernini. 

After the tour, enjoy the relaxing ride back to Rome. The tour concludes where it began  – either at your hotel or at Rome's Termini Station. You can also opt for a drop-off at Via Veneto, Piazza Barberini, Piazza Venezia or Piazza della Repubblica. 

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Customer Reviews

Michael M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was a very good tour with lots of good information from our tour guides. Both the Villa's of Hadrian and d'Este were well worth the short 45 minute ride outside of Rome. The 100 fountains at the Villa d'Este were truly beautiful. I highly recommend this half day tour.

Beth W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We loved this tour. I booked it to see Hadrian's Villa, but I fell in love with Villa d'Este and Tivoli instead!! My only complaint was not having enough time in Tivoli as it was easily the most beautiful place I've ever been in my life. I could have spent a day there easily. The fountains and gardens were stunningly beautiful. We also loved Hadrian's Villa - it was a marvel. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and patient. We also had time to break off from the group and explore the gardens. I would go back in a heartbeat.

Patricia F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Fantastic and a great guid. There were only 9 of us and Villa d'Este was like a private shoeing. Our guide spoke Enlish, French, Spanish and then Italian to the driver. Our 9 were from Chile, Argentina, France, England, Israel and USA.. Just simply a wonderful tour.

Ludovicus B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016


Sam T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Very good guide and great way to spend a few hours out of the city

Sharmane M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

This tour was amazing and the tour guide was excellent. He was knowledgeable, personable and offered plenty of unique facts and information. I highly recommend this tour if it fits your schedule.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

I took the trip at end of November and it was excellent. Villa d'Este is very impressive, the fountains are very nice, there is much to see. The trip starts with the tour of 1st floor of the palace, followed by the visit to the gardens where there is multitude of fountains. It is very picturesque tour of the Villa. The 2nd visit at Villa Adriana is also very impressive. Our tour was moving at very slow pace, so some of us went and saw the whole Villa - the main tour just stopped at main attractions. Really very memorable event, very good tour guide.

Anne B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Two simply amazing villas and so totally different - the tours were very well organised and the tour leader was a mine of information - obviously loved her job. We learnt such an enormous amount of extremely interesting historical data.
Thank you very much. - Have recommended this trip to our friends.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Wonderful time at Hadrian's villa and villa d'Este. Magical mysterious place, so interesting to see, a hidden gem and must see. Though I would recommend going for the full day tour, as half day is quite rushed but if short on time you still do see and experience this beautiful place. All my tours from Viator always leave right on time and according to schedule


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Hadrian's Villa - the ruins were amazing....just like all the many other ruins I had seen throughout Italy. Villa d' Este was incredible. The waterfalls, fountains and grounds were breathtaking.

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