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A really pleasant day just outside of Rome. Our tour guide, Felix, was really knowledgeable (I think he said he was a PhD in Art History and it showed) and easy to follow. Hadrian's Villa was fascinating...a lot more interesting than I expected...with a good tour guide, it really brings the ruins "to life". Totally amazing what had been built here 2000 years ago. But Villa D'Este was even more special...all the water fountains and gardens make this one of the more beautiful places we've ever seen. Also neat to have lunch on our own in Tivoli...less hectic than Rome.
The Tivoli Day Trip was everything we had hoped for and more. Our guide Alfredo was extremely knowledgeable and shared his insights in a clear and interesting way. The tour of Hadrian's Villa gave us a glimpse into Roman life (or at least that of the uppermost class) at the height of the empire, and in the Villa d'Este the gardens and fountains were breathtakingly beautiful. Without Alfredo's commentary, however, what we saw would have meant little to us. The pace of the tours was just right, not rushed, but also not too slow. It was a highly worthwhile and enjoyable day in every way!
This was a wonderful tour where you will enjoy the outdoors and imagine the Roman concept of beauty. Our guide, Felix, made the difference he is a great guide and takes the time to answer all the questions you might have. Hadrian's Villa is an experience, I only recommend you bring very comfortable shoes it is quite a walk. Both venues are worth your time and money.
The tourguide was excellent. I was completely satisfied with the pacing and comfort of the tour.
I had planned to visit both of these sites independently but found the time frame involved unsuitable. Having done the tour I can't imagine doing it any other way. Can't imagine either site without an "Alfredo' to guide and enlighten you. He was a marvelous guide, informative and easy to listen to. Both sites came "alive' with his enthusiasm and commentary. An excellent way to fill in a full day before an evening international flight. Have done a few short trips with Viator and they have all been excellent.
This was a wonderful tour. Good organized. Good guide. And a great experience.
Excellent tour although guide should have mentioned the amount of hard steps to climb.it was necessary to walk at a fast pace to keep up. Otherwise the tour was outstanding for beauty and information.highly recommend
Hadrian's Villa was our first tour in the Rome area. I thought it was pretty amazing. There is so much to take in, and the guide was very knowledgeable. An added bonus after spending a week in the very crowded Amalfi coast area, there were hardly any people there while we were taking our tour. It was like we had the place to ourselves which made it even more special. We were on our own for lunch in the town of Tivoli, but were only given 45 minutes, so there was no time for exploring or shopping as we were lead to believe. The Villa d'Este was absolutely beautiful. The fountains were amazing. As far as the tour goes, we left on time, travel in a large air conditioned motor coach and arrived back in Rome on time. The guide was very good giving up lots of information at both sites.
Beautiful site. Excellent guide. Hadrian's villa is well worth a visit.
Wonderful day with great guide Arianna (?). She was very knowledgeable, patient, and great sense of humor.
Full day seeing two fascinating and very different sites and nice lunch in Tivoli.
I enjoyed the tour and thought there was about the right amount of time at each place - both Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este are amazing and well worth a visit - and our guide Alfredo was knowledgeable about the history of each villa and the people associated with them, which really added to the experience for me. Between Villa visits there is a stop for lunch. I recommend walking back up the road a bit from Villa d'Este as the places there are cheaper. Also I agree with what others have said about a guide to the fitness level required, as some people began complaining - but my 69 year old friend found it manageable (just!!).
Visiting Villa D'Este has been my dream for almost 40 years. I wasn't disappointed. In fact, the gardens are even more spectacular when experienced in person. The design of all the fountains and witnessing the mastery of hydraulics is sheer brilliance. Our guide, Alfredo, was extremely knowledgable and personable. This was most evident when touring Hadrian's Villa. Alfredo is a professional archaeologist turned tour guide. You can imagine our delight receiving such scholarly and in-depth commentary on all the buildings, open spaces, and water features in the villa. The vast scale of the villa is only surpassed by the imagination of the polished marble (long since removed) that once adorned all surfaces. The remaining columns and Roman sculptures provided a hint of the opulence that surrounded a Roman emperor. The coach was modern and comfortable and the journey to Tivoli provided a glimpse into the countryside. Overall a most educational and enjoyable day.
Terrific - enjoyed every minute - guide Alfredo was excellent. If in Rome this is a must!
What a fabulous day! The morning was long but very interesting and the Villa d'Este topped our 5 week holiday. Fabulous and not just for garden lovers. Not for those that struggle with walking any distance or steps though, particularly Hadrian's palace- no seats available for those that needed them. I think it should be noted in the tour information that a medium to good level of fitness is required
Excellent guide and wonderful sights to see. The gardens at Villa d' Este were fantastic!
If you have an extra day in Rome, I will highly recommend this trip.
The villas are beautiful, show casing the engineering marvelous of Roman Empire.
Great trip. Felix was a great guide. Kept us moving without being exhausting and very knowledgeable.
This was a wonderful trip. It is not too far from Rome and well worth the visit. Hadrian's villa was informative and the gardens of Villa D'este were amazing. The information given was interesting and the pasta at the restaurant nearest to the villa D'este entrance was fantastic.
Everything was great, the proposal at Villa D'Este went perfect and was a gorgeous view!
A wonderful day out. A well organised day so you do the hardest walking in the morning and visit the tranquil Villa D'Este in the afternoon. Our guide for the day, Felix, was knowledgeable and interesting. One small downside is that the tour office was a bit hard to find and better directions would have been helpful.
Ce fût une façon facile de faire la visite des deux sites exceptionnels. Aucune préoccupation de se véhiculer entre les deux sites. Il ne faut pas manquer de voir l'un et l'autre. Les commentaires de notre guide étaient adéquats. Notre journée a été merveilleuse.
Two MUST see 1/2 day trips while in Rome. The gardens and fountains at Villq d'Este are beautiful and well worth seeing. The ruins at Hadrian's Villa, considering that they are almost 2000 yeaar old, are in fairly good condition. Since it is an hour from Rome, the villa, unlike much of the ruins in the Roman forum, were not used as a quarry for later buildings so are still recognizable. The villa is not just a house. Hadrian build a mini Rome, complete with two baths, temples, a formal meeting hall to recieve important guests, fountains,pools, moats.and many, many other buildings. In Pompeii and Ostia Antica, you see how the people lived. This is how an EMPEROR lived. The tour guides were excellent. Definitely take this tour.