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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

Farshid T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent tour with good experienced guide.Villa d'Este and Hadrian's Villa are a must see when visiting Rome.I wish I could stay longer especially around beautiful pools in both places.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great tour! Guides friendly and knowledgeable and suggested great places for lunch! Good timing: saw much and didn't feel rushed! Good job!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great day at these two villas. Not only is it worthwhile to get out of the city for a day, the grounds are
remarkable and add a completely engaging insight to the lives of the noblemen. Buy your tickets as early as you can as the pricing increases as the date approaches. even months out. Recommended..

Diane D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent guide. Highlighted the extravagances of Rome. Hadrian's villa interesting. An enjoyable day. Only negative wS having to find a taxi to get back to our hotel. Our rating would be a 41/2.

William A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was well organized, very informative, comfortable bus and we had a FANTASTIC tour guide who was knowledgeable and fun Aryanna. We learned so much and had a good time too.

Julie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

What a great and convenient way to see two very important and different villas and grounds. For anyone interested in history, beauty or architecture, this tour is a must. Our guide, Lara, was extremely knowledgeable, attentive, clear and organised. Don't hesitate to book this tour!

Jules J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The guide on this bus tour was Patricia.She was a terrific and very knowledgable guide. We booked this tour because unlike 95 of the other tours, this one not only visits hadrian's Villla and Villa d'Este gardens but also actually tours inside the villa. At the end we were given a s,all amount of free time which was just enough to dash inside the church next door with a some frescoes for a quick look.

Janet C M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Wonderful tour guide and beautiful places

Gerald R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Tour guide was of the best tours ever !!!!

Elizabeth Anne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very interesting gardens beautiful.

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