- 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
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Tivoli’s top attractions are undoubtedly the magnificent and historical Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa (Villa Adriana). Follow your guide through Villa d’Este, a former Benedictine convent considered to be one of the most enchanting villas of the late Renaissance period. Hear intriguing stories from your guide about how the building was created as a lavish home for the son of Lucretia Borgia, a scandalous Italian duchess who created much drama in 15th-century Italy. Marvel at the famous Fountain of Neptune as you stroll through the villa’s stunning gardens, featuring impressive waterfalls, centenary trees and more than 500 fountains.
Stop for lunch at a cafe (own expense) and head to Hadrian’s Villa for a 1.5-hour guided walking tour. This villa belonged to the 2nd-century Emperor Hadrian, who sought a modest holiday home as a lasting tribute to his lover. (By today's standards, this ‘modest’ retreat might be considered a town in itself!) Explore the archaeological ruins of Hadrian’s estate of more than 30 buildings, including a sprawling complex of imperial palace ruins, thermal baths, libraries, temples and underground passages wide enough for cars.
Then sit back and enjoy views of the Italian countryside as you head back to Rome. Your guide will be happy to answer any questions you have along the way.
Reviewed by Robert K, May 2013
My wife and thoroughly enjoyed the trip, especially the Tivoli Gardens.
The accomodations were very comfortable, and the tour guide was superb.
Reviewed by Samuel W, April 2013
Laura lead our tour to Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este and we enjoyed every minute of our experiences. Laura shared interesting facts and history of both places and gave us insight into the motivations and practices of those who lived there. The ruins of Hadrian's Villa were much more extensive that we had anticipated and walking through the park and viewing the remnants of buildings with a knowledgeable guide brought the experience to life. Villa d'Este must have some of the most spectacular gardens anywhere in the world and we had plenty of time to enjoy the place and take amazing photographs that we will treasure.