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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.

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

Loring P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Really enjoyed the tour glad we didn't try to do it on our own .

Izhak S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Excellent tour!

Mackenzie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This tour was amazing! The small group made for easy traveling and the guide was super friendly. An included lunch would have been better, but the kindness of the driver and guide made up for it. It definitely recommend!

Peter R United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was an amazing tour. Made even better by our wonderful guide Arianna who brought the whole story of Hadrians Villa alive and was very informative and great fun. Villa d'Este was beautiful and again Arianna was a great guide giving us plenty of information. I would have no hesitation in recommending this tour as a must do if you are going to Rome.

Caroline D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great tour, interesting and an excellent, informative and obviously knowledgeable guide. Plenty of time to look around, lots of good and intwrsting information and a lovely day .. Thank you

james b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our tour guide was a native of Rome and spoke English well. He answered all of the tour group's questions clearly and was helpful in every way. It rained while we were in the gardens and he was obviously sympathetic that we would not be able to see all of the fountains in the garden. He was concerned for our safety with the rain soaked marble steps. The next day we saw him in Rome and he remembered us and said hello. He is a gem!

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.

vdiorio

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!

aliciavee

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.

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