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

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

Discover two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa, on a guided full-day trip to Tivoli from Rome. You’ll learn interesting Renaissance history, discover awe-inspiring archaeological ruins and admire elaborate gardens and dazzling fountains on a trip that’s sure to be as memorable as it is captivating.


  • 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

Leave the hustle and bustle of Rome behind as you set off into the countryside by luxury coach on this guided full-day trip to Tivoli, a historic town lying east of Rome in the breathtaking Monti Tiburtini hills. Tivoli boasts a fresher climate than its busy city neighbor, and has been favored since ancient times as a popular summer retreat for wealthy Romans.

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.

Customer Reviews

Keith H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

What can I say about this tour? Probably the best day of our stay in Rome. Hadrian's Villa is superb and the Tivoli Gardens at Villa d'Este are absolutely stunning. Our guide was a delight and thoroughly knowledgable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This trip was fantastic both Villas lived up to all our expectations. Anyone who does this trip should expect to do some serious walking.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tour exceeded my expectations. It was well organized and the guide was informative, professional an archeologist and fun. The Viator website, however, needs some improvement. For example, it did not show where the meeting point was, and there was some confusion as to what proof of payment was required as I had booked using an iphone and could not print out a ticket. But I would recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We really enjoyed our day at the ancient Hadrian's villa and then to visit Villa d'Este to see what Hadrian's villa would have once looked like. The gardens are spectacular and a pleasant and relaxing break from the hustle and bustle of Rome. Well worth the visit and a great combination.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Was a great viewing experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Really comfortable coach to take us from the tour office to Tivoli. Tour was informative and what I expected.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our tour guide was amazing. So knowledgable and obviously interested in talking and teaching us. We learnt a lot and had an absolutely fabulous day. Would recommend but just make sure you can do lots of walking and stairs. But so beautiful.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour was superb! Despite being a truly hot day in Rome, the beauty made me forget about all that. Our tour guide Michela was excellent. Extremely knowledgable and excellent at conveying her knowledge clearly. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Rome.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had an awesome day on the Tivoli Day Tour. Our guide was so informative and we learnt so much. Thoroughly recommend this tour.

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