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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.


  • 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Marchetta was a wonderful, knowledegable guide that linked both Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este. Roman Empire vs Renaissance. Definitely a must!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Guide was good and interacted very well. One fact she got wrong was the age of Olive trees. They can be 1000's of years old and she said 100 years

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

very knowledgeable and pleasant guide. well prepared, friendly and shared her knowledge with enthusiasm and conviction. Handled unruly and inconsiderate members of our group with patience and respect.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very enjoyable coach trip. Remains of Hadrians Villa the unexpected highlight but gardens and fountains at Villa D,Este also amazing. Tour guide originally from Denmark, spoke perfect English and was very pleasant and knowledgeable. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our tour guide was Rossella, she was informative, friendly and good fun. The tour was very well organized, we left punctually and every phase of the day was well structured, enjoyable and relaxed with good information about all aspects of the sights and history. I would highly recommend this tour, thoroughly enjoyable,a very positive experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great trip! Guide was outstanding!
Only issue was finding the local office for pickup.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Well planned supported by charming and well informed guide who emgaged our attention throughout the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our trip to Hadrian's Villa and the Villa d'Este at Tivoli was outstanding and our guide, Margetta, was a delight - relaxed, friendly, full of knowledge and enthusiasm, and with a clear delight in sharing her knowledge about these two fascinating sites.
Everything ran without a hitch and we were blessed with glorious sunny weather, too! We arrived at Hadrian's Villa ahead of the day's visitors and it felt as if we had the place to ourselves. Margetta lead us around all the major sites of interest at a comfortable pace, explaining many historical and architectural details, and pointing out some architectural features we'd be seeing again at Villa d'Este.
After a most enjoyable 1-hr lunch break in Tivoli, we entered Villa d'Este and were totally enthralled by the beautifully decorated halls and rooms, augmented by Margetta's excellent commentary.
Our time in the gardens was outstanding - Margetta's skill and experience showed up by the fact that we arrived at the Fountain of the Organ just minutes before it played great excitement! and, later, we reached the western end of the terrace of The Hundred Fountains at the perfect time to see the late-afternoon sunlight shining along its length. Magic!
Overall, it was a 'must-do' tour, brilliantly-well lead by an outstanding guide, Margetta. Unforgettable and highly recommended!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great day, the tour guide was informative. Loved the fountains and villa.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The address of the local tour company, is shown as 8A Via Marghera and one would expect their office to be across from the addresses on the opposite side of the street, say s 5, 7, 9, but instead, totally confused almost missing the tour as a result, it was located across from 47. Is this an example of when in Rome, do as the Romans do? Strange to most of us from other parts of the Western World.

Our female tour guide was excellent, knowledgeable, articulate and had great English.

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