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I've done this tour before, but Stefania's knowledge and pleasant manner made Hadrian's Villa even more interesting. And timing our tour of Villa D'Este to have us at the water organ for its performance was a splendid bonus!
Highly recommended. We had a very enjoyable day. The gardens of Villa D'Este are breathtakingly beautiful. The lunch of lasagne, porchetta and salad was ordinary but gives the opportunity to chat with other travellers. The guide, Emanuela, was nothing short of brilliant as our tour guide. She was extremely knowledgeable on the history of the Roman Emporers and the Popes. She was able to answer every question asked of her in great detail.
Vicki and Steve B
Excellent guide,very knowledgeable, recommend tour to all especially Hadrian's Villa. Loved it as did my 3 teenage daughters.
We had a wonderful day. Our guide was very knowledgeable and had time to answer any questions we had. At no point did we feel rushed. It was nice to have free time in Tivoli between the villa tours. Definitely worth spending a full day on this trip, a half day would have seemed very rushed. We will definitely use this company again.
A great day trip! Our guide, Giuseppe, was knowledgeable, informative, and had a terrific sense of humor. The Villas were exceptionally lush and beautiful. Would not have missed this trip! It made for another day of wonderful memories of Italy.
We are so glad we followed a friend's recommendation to take this tour! Our guide Josepe was outstanding giving historical information throughout the walking tour of the remains of Hadrian's Villa and the breath taking sights of Villa D'Este. The coach was comfortable and a short drive from Rome - a nice break from the crowds of Rome.
We loved this day trip from Rome . Hadrian's Villa was amazing and the Gardens at Tivoli were breath taking . Unfortunately it started to rain just as we started the tour of the gardens so we did get very wet but this did not take away from our delight at the beautiful fountains and gardens .
Really delighted with this tour. Hadrian's Villa was amazing, if for no other reason than its size, gives new meaning to Villa. The Villa d'Este was spectacular. The gardens and fountains soothing, beautifully maintained, and astonishing in its engineering. The guide, Joseph, was from Tivoli, lived there all his life, so he was intimately knowledgeable of Tivoli, Hadrian's Villa, and the Villa d'Este. Joseph's accent was strong but he was acutely conscientious about insuring that we all could understand and hear him. He spoke slowly in order to overcome the accent. He was very friendly.
Christi W USA
We toured Hadrian's Villa in the morning under cloudy skies and by afternoon it was raining as we toured Villa d'Este and I still give this tour 5 stars! Giuseppe was able to answer our questions and give a very knowledgeable tour, particularly of Hadrian's Villa. I like that we got to see both villas, the ancient Roman one and the one from the Renaissance period. It was easy to see the influences that the first villa had on the second and then picture how the marble that was taken from Hadrian's villa for the Villa d'Este must have looked in the ancient halls. But the fountains at Villa d'Este were the most amazing part of the experience. They were honestly draw droppingly beautiful.
Even though it was raining, this was our favorite trip. Hadrian's villa was amazing. We eventually went to the Castle S'Angelo in Rome, which was to be his mausoleum. Unfortunately his remains are missing. Apparently part of his sarcophagus is in the Vatican being used for baptisms or something like that.
Loved Villa D'este with all the fountains. Don't miss it.
Had lunch at a local restaurant where we paid our own way. It was excellent! Being Americans we really enjoyed being able to order, eat and get our bill quickly! Usually this process is quite drawn out by our standards.
Great guide as per usual! We love Viator,
Two totally different Villas - one with magnificent architecture but generally requiring your imagination to see the original splendor, while the other was quite different with magnificent gardens and villa still in quite good condition. Very worthwhile tour - thoroughly enjoyed it !
Short of hiring a car to explore these wonderful locations at your leisure, this tour was the next best thing. I thoroughly enjoyed the day, including the delicious lunch in Tivoli.
The coach and guide were very good and I enjoyed seeing both sites, but I felt the restaurant we were taken to in Tivoli was more interested in making money than giving service. This was my first experience of what the service charge really means... bread on the table is not a given... that's a charge... tap water is supposedly not available so you are compelled to have water which to me was still tap, but you pay the charge for distilled water a bit of a gimmick.
The tour guide was excellent and very informative regarding the sites and the local region. A coach to both sites was a convenient way of covering both sites in one day.
The downsides were that the group was made to go to a particular restaurant for lunch, even though lunch wasn't included in the tour. We were also directed to one particular souvenir shop in Tivoli to buy one particular book about the two sites, but were not provided an opportunity to visit the official stores at the two sites, which I had wanted the opportunity to do.
The tour was on Sunday, Oct 2. Both Hadrian's Villa and Villa D'Este were lovely and the tour guides provided good historical information. However, there's too much to see in 1/2 day and we were rushed. My major concern was that the head tour guide did not wait for everyone to get off the bus and started briskly walking through the town to get to the villa. We were given a specific time to get back to the bus, but no one waited near the exit of the villa to make sure that people knew the way to get back to the bus. As a result, one couple did not make it back on time, even after the guides waited an extra 15 minutes. I have never been on a tour that showed such lack of respect and consideration for the guests. One positive comment is that the tour company arranged a van to pick us up at our downtown hotel and bring us to the tour office.
Way too much time in Hadrian's Villa. Not enough to time in Villa deste. Guide was way too talkative...rather monotone and too much detail. I can look stuff up on Wikipedia, thank you. Need time to wander and muse, not stand in one place and be lectured. Was bored much of the time. Instructions prior to the trip did not indicate where the bus would actually drop us off. Let us off near the Colesseum and not where we started. Not much detail as to how many steps involved. We lost about 30 to 40 minutes waiting on a few folks who took a CAB to Villa d'Este instead of going with the group. Felt cheated out of some of our time.
Had a great time visiting Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este. Well worth the trip. Knowledgeable guide with ample time for pictures. Be prepared to walk and enjoy. The lunch break in Tivoli was perfect. Thank you.
Alfredo was a great tour guide and very knowledgeable. Hadrian's Villa was enormous and the Villa d'Este was absolutely beautiful. You must see it!!
A bit rushed in half a day,would recommend a whole day tour if you are thinking of visiting these Villa's so you have plenty of time to appreciate the beautiful garden of the Villa d'Este and the stunning size of Hadrian's Villa.
Our guide was great, friendly, knowledgable, spoke great English, and took us through two amazing sites, explaining all the interesting facts along the way. He made the best of it when it rained on us for about half an hour This was the best day of our vacation, relaxing and beautiful! You wouldn't want to miss villa deste, it's truly the prettiest place I've ever been
Yogesh J USA
It was good to go from Rome to a less touristy place. The two places we visited are wonderful and have a lot of history, particularly Hadrian's Villa. It is an impressive place and the guide, Carmella, was very knowledgeable about the history and the social life during Hadrian's time. We found it to be very enjoyable and instructive. Villa d'Este is also nice, particularly the spectacular gardens. But it is a lot of levels and involves quite a climb on the way back. Despite this, it was very enjoyable.
DDFlorida United States of ...
This is a wonderful trip. Our guide was Guiseppe. He is a native of Tivoli and was very informed. He did a great job of making sure we had breaks as needed, allowing us a little time for shopping, and pointing out the important points of the 2 villas. The lunch at the restaurant was very good.
Our guide Mickela was awesome it was a highlight of our trip to see villa d'este
Wonderful trip. I was worried about finding the office but it turned out to be easy thanks to a local and handsome cop. The street is a little hole in the wall street close to the Colosseum. The day was warm, the guide was great and the gardens at Villa d'Este were wonderful. The steps are a challenge so be warned.
TERRIFIC TOUR ,GUIDE WAS ENTERTAINING KNOWLEDGABLE AND PLEASANT TO TALK TO .A GREAT REP FOR VIATOR .WOULD HAVE LIKED TO SPEND THE WHOLE DAY AT THE VILLA BUT VILA dEste WAS AN EXCELLENT TOUR AS WELL
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