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

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

Visit the historic vacation homes of the Roman elite on a Rome to Tivoli day trip. The full-day guided excursion includes tours of Tivoli’s two UNESCO-listed sites: Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa. Hear Renaissance and Ancient Roman history and scandal, admire archaeological ruins and explore some of Italy’s most extravagant private gardens.

Highlights

  • 7-hour Tivoli day trip from Rome
  • Learn intriguing Renaissance history on a guided walking tour of two villas east of Rome
  • Admire the stunning gardens of Villa d'Este and see the famous Fountain of Neptune
  • Explore the archaeological ruins of Hadrian's Villa, former home to 2nd-century Emperor Hadrian
  • Transport from Rome to Tivoli by air-conditioned coach

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This getaway to the Roman countryside has a nice mix of history and nature. The ruins of Hadrian's Villa are truly impressive, and Villa d'Este's gardens are a stunning backdrop for photos.

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What You Can Expect

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

Renaissance Architecture at Villa d'Este

Travel from Rome to Tivoli by air-conditioned coach to start your day trip. As you travel, listen to your guide’s commentary to learn about Tivoli, a historical town in the Monti Tiburtini hills. A prestigious vacation spot in the days of Ancient Rome, the town is now popular for its two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa.

Your first stop in Tivoli is at Villa d’Este. Hop off your coach to explore the magical-looking villa, which was once a Benedictine convent, and see why many consider the villa to be one of the finest of the Renaissance era.

As you explore, hear how Villa d’Este was built as an opulent abode for the son of Lucretia Borgia, a 15th-centuy duchess who attracted drama and gossip wherever she went. Make your way past the Fountain of Neptune, and wander through the gardens to see crashing waterfalls, hundreds of fountains and centenary trees.

Enjoy lunch at your own expense, and then continue to Hadrian’s Villa (aka Villa Adriana) to explore it on a walking tour. Hear how the villa belonged to Emperor Hadrian who desired an unassuming vacation home as a tribute to his lover. By modern standards, his ‘humble abode’ could be considered as a town in its own right.

The ruins of the emperor’s impressive estate consist of more than 30 buildings, and you’ll see the highlights of it as you explore. Discover the complex ruins of the old Imperial palace as well as thermal baths, temples, libraries and subterranean passages that are wide enough for vehicles.

Leave Hadrian’s Villa after your tour, and then relax on your journey back to Rome.

Customer Reviews

Anne C USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Well worth the time and an easy day trip from Rome. Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable, easy going. We loved both sites for very different reasons.

Deidre R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This tour was wonderful. There were only 13 people on the tour so not too many people to move around. Tour Guide was fantastic. He was previously an archeologist and so his knowledge of the ruins was amazing. He was very interesting to listen to. Not too far from Rome so a great day out that wasn't too tiring.

Yelena U

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Wonderful place to visit. even it was rain it did. To prevent us from seeing places and enjoy them. guide was very nice and knowledgeable.

Romeo Gonzalez R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This tour was definitely worth it! When in Rome, do take out of town trips. This tour is definitely a must!

Romeo Gonzalez R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This tour was definitely worth it! When in Rome, do take out of town trips. This tour is definitely a must!

Mickey K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

What a fabulous day in Tivoli.

Joseph A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Splendid villas, worthwhile all the walking ups and downs. If you are not a hiking person, you will feel walking too much!

Marcella D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

If you are looking for a relaxing and interesting tour away from the crowds in Rome, this is it. We had a lovely day.

Christine W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This is a fabulous tour and we would highly recommend it to anyone. Shame that there wasn't any information on viatour about the Maritime Theatre at Hadrians' Villa being completely closed off due to renovation totally understand this, but it should be publicised, we've done this tour before so have seen it, but i can't imagine how disappointing it would be to go all that way and not see what it the main attraction at the site. Apart from that fantastic tour with a great tour guide.

csarlouis

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

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