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Had a lovely afternoon in Tivoli - knowledgable tour guide - fantastic fountains - definately worth it
unfortunately was not able to attend this tour due extreme illness, but can assume it would have been as exceptional as the tour we did take with the same tour company GLT.
Excellent tour, very knowledgeable guide, Villa was a delight to see.
Very interesting tour but was annoyed that Viator did not notice that I double booked the afternoon tour with the Best of Rome afternoon walking tour on the same day. My mistake, but I think Viator should have let me know.
This was an excellent tour and my partner and I thoroughly enjoyed it. We took a similar tour several years ago but the guide only gave us the option of Villa D'Este OR Hadrian's villa so we opted for the former, despite the tour being advertised as visiting both sites. I was somewhat worried that this would be the same case this year but no, Catherine and her Spanish speaking colleague showed us around Villa Adriana with plenty of historical detail and time to enjoy the surroundings and to take photographs before transporting us to Villa D'Este where she showed us the '100 Fountains' and we were then free to wander around the villa and the beautiful gardens for an hour before returning to the coach for the 30 minute journey back to Rome. At no time did we feel rushed and we even managed to fit in an excellent panini and ice cream at the small restaurant in the square outside Villa D'Este. A good end to a good day... Our return drop off point left us a short taxi ride from our hotel - we felt like treating ourselves rather than take the metro and walk! I can certainly recommend this trip but be aware that the walk up from the car park at Hadrian's Villa is a steady but reasonable incline so those with heart or chest conditions may need several stops, but the effort is certainly worth it.
Our guide was very professional and friendly; a lovely, lovely day! A most beautiful place to visit; very refreshing!
This tour gave us wonderful insights into both Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este. Very enjoyable.Good transport, driver and guide. Punctual too!
This wonderful little tour started at Hadrian's Villa, which was fascinating and our guide was so knowledgeable, she made it even more interesting.
After Hadrian's Villa we moved to Tivoli and Villa d'Este which was literally stunning!! Fabulous day (2.30 to about 7pm) out from the hustle and bustle of Rome. We loved it.
This tour was excellent and great value as it would be very difficult to do by public transport. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. The tour bus was very comfortable with cool air-conditioning and an expert driver. They also had several drop off points in Rome to suit most passengers. No pressure for the extra "tip" that some companies try on.
A very pleasurable tour. Bravo! VIATOR
Gary and Chris, Sydney, Australia
This was an excellent excursion which I'd highly recommend. Hadrian's Villa was interesting as an archaeological site, but it was Villa D'Este that really stole the show. This place is absolutely magnificent and really something you have to see to believe. Its like a trip back in time to a magical garden equipped with beautiful sculptures, fountains, and amazing views. I only wished we'd been given more time to spend there. The only downside to this tour was that the bus we rode out on was in need of some maintenance as it bounced a lot over every bump in the road, myself and a few other passengers felt quite queasy by the time we arrived.
A very peaceful trip with beautiful fountains, would definitely do the trip again when returning to Rome.
absolutely loved this tour - combining a visit to the remains of Hadrian's roman retreat with the palatial renaissance house and magnificent gardens is inspired. With Hadrian's villa, sadly, most of its magnificence has to be imagined as most of its beauty has been lost to the ravages of time. There is plenty to fuel your imagination and this was helped by the excellent knowledge and delivery of facts from our guide on the day. Villa d'Este is a different story with house, gardens and fountains in fabulous working condition. My only regret is that we did not have more time at each venue to soak up the atmosphere. Not to be missed - a peaceful day out away from the madness of Rome.
We loved the tour! Chaira was a great tour guide--humorous and informative and easy to understand. We were impressed with Hadrian's architectural abilities and the fountains at D'Este.
This trip was excellent. We were collected from our hotel by car and taken to meet the coach. The guides were very knowledgable and certainly added to the enjoyment of the trip. It was very nice to travel out of Rome itself to visit these two villas, both very interesting in their own way.
S and D
Amazingly beautiful part of Italy - from ruins to beautiful gardens and well preserved buildings. And, we managed to get in some quality shopping in the town as well.
The sites are fantastic. The guide was good and included transportation made this a real bargain.
This trip was really great. Loved everything about it. The trip out of Rome was nice getting a view of the country. Villa D'este and the fountains were everything I was hoping for. It was very cold on the day we went as the wind just blew straight up on the fountains but they still looked great. Hadrians villa was equally wonderful I think we were the only people there and the weather was just lovely with the sun out. The ruins were quite well preserved and it is a trip I would recommend to anyone.
Excursion to Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este was fantastic. Both sites are very interesting and are worth a visit. On top of it, we were blessed with a beautiful sunny day ideal for sightseeing.
My only frustration is that Viator site indicates that the tour operator provides free hotel pickup for that tour. We called Viator prior to booking and the rep confirmed that we would be picked up at our hotel before the tour. Two days after booking, we received an email stating that hotel pick up was not available and we would need to reach the meeting point in Rome City Centre on our own. The service provider confirmed to us in Rome that they never provide hotel pick up for that tour.
Joel T A
Excellent excursion. I would definitely recommend it. The guide was informed and courteous. To add to the experience, perhaps some written information about Emperor Hadrian, his favorite Antenous, and the Cult of Antenous which developed after his death, would add to the experience. Most people are sadly mis-informed and uninformed about this history. Just a suggestion.
A wonderful half-day trip. Hadrian's Villa meant nothing to me until I got there, but it's really interesting. The gardens at Villa d'Este met all my expectatiions. A 'must do' while in Rome.