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This was an excellent tour. It may be that we were lucky to have Priscilla as a guide (she actually has an archeological background), but anyway she was superb - informed, full of detail, always ready to answer questions, witty and a good but never officious organiser. She even commented on areas we passed on the (relatively short) journey to the area. One could not ask for better.
The tour is very convenient in combining visits to the two locations. Villa d'Este is more or less in the centre of Tivoli, but Hadrian's Villa is in a small town a couple of miles away, and would have been much less convenient for us to visit on our own. Both locations are amazing: d'Este chiefly for its wonderful fountains, which are dazzling in the sun (so try to arrange to go on a fine day!). Hadrian's Villa, which is a larger site, is a striking example of what the Romans got up to in truly sybaritic mode, and Priscilla was particularly knowledgeable about this site.
Inevitably, there were areas we might have explored at greater leisure on our own, but there was no sense of hassle on the tour, and the benefit of having a guide and an organised itinerary outweighed any other considerations. Our one suggestion is to give people just a little longer over lunch (which was in the centre of the small town of Tivoli). There are plenty of places to eat, and Priscilla's recommendation provided quick friendly service and good food, so we can recommend it, but it would have been nice to feel that bit more relaxed, and perhaps to have fifteen minutes longer than the 50 we were allowed! However, this is just a small reservation in an otherwise excellent and memorable tour.
The tour office is pretty easy to find (near the central station), and the formalities were all handled in a pleasantly informal manner. We actually booked the tour online from our hotel while we were in Rome, and everything went exactly according to plan. Full marks!
We very much enjoyed this tour. Our guide was an archeologist who was very knowledgable and interesting.
The pace was relaxed. Hadrian's villa was particularly fascinating and surprisingly large. Unfortunately the treasures have been stolen by others over the years but much of the original structures remain. Villa d'Este gardens were also well worth seeing.
This was just EXACTLY what we were looking for! Worth every penny and the guide was brilliant. She
certainly knew her stuff and was extremely accommodating. I liked having the opportunity to have lunch on our own; certainly, she made recommendations. It was very active and her information was fascinating.
I would recommend this to anyone who actually wants to visit and understand these sites! Having a bright
young scholar for a guide was excellent! Many thanks.
Martha was our very knowledgeable guide for this tour. If you like history, you will enjoy exploring the ruins at Hadrian's Villa. The Villa d'Este was amazing. The Villa itself was beautiful but the gardens with the walkways and fountains were truly beautiful and a site to see. Thank you, Martha, for the excellent tour.
Best kept secret, close to Rome. The guide was exceptional. We enjoyed this tour a lot. Well worth it.
This was an amazing tour. My tour guide was a wealth ok knowledge, and very friendly. I would recommend this to a friend. Thanks
This tour was both pleasant and a change of pace from Rome.
Tivoli Day trip was well worth it. Stunning gardens at Ville d'Este and history at Hadrians Villa
Great trip our guide was passionate about both sites and it you like a bit of history and restive gardens and scenery it's well worth it.
Excellent tour guide - very knowledgeable and interesting. Whole trip very smooth and well organised.
Being a garden enthusiast, what can I say but simply wonderful. From the gardens and ruins to our very knowledgeable guide, thank you. Will visit again, if in Rome.
very knowledgeable tour guide. Professional in her presentation and delivery. patient when asked questions also.
This tour was extremely fun. our tour guide knew the answers to all of our questions and kept us in the shade as best he could.