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The BEST day trip out of Rome! Our guide, Larissa, was outstanding and provided a fascinating and entertaining insight into Roman life in the time of Hadrian. The villa grounds and ruins are immense but considering we only had the morning here Larissa managed to cover most of the highlights. The afternoon, in the much more compact water gardens, at Villa d'Este was a superb contrast. The fountains are really stunning, don't miss the water organ! The sheer feat of such engineering is awesome.We had ample time for lunch in Tivoli a pretty hilltop town and photo opportunities galore.
I enjoyed the history lessons on Hadrian's villa.
This is a very nice tour to get out into the Roman countryside from in a day. These two World Heritage sites display the grandeur of a 200 A.D. Roman emperor's estate and a Renaissance era villa. The commentary by the guides was great and brought life to the Hadrian villa remains as well as understanding to the Villa d'Este mansion and grounds. Both are beautiful in very different ways. An additional highlight was the tour guide's recommendation for lunch, which we enjoyed in a tiny and cozy restaurant located a couple streets away from Villa d'Este.
Great tour, I've been to Villa D'Este before but never made it to Hadrian's Villa. Guide was very knowledgeable.
Ana-Maria S Romania
I loved a day out of the crowds of Rome in spite of the rain. I appreciated more Villa d'Este with its impressive gardens than the extensive tour of Hadrian's Villa.
Guissepe was excellent, Hadrians villa and Tivoli gardens stunning, well worth the money.
Beautiful villa and a wonderful break from hustle and bustle of Rome.
Gregory Vacations United States of ...
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed this tour. What a villa!
TGhere were only 12 people on our tour and our tour guide was excellent! We really enjoyed the entire trip and the day in Tivoli!
I loved the trip to Tivoli! Giuseppe was the guide and since he is from Tivoli he was very knowledgeable. Loved him! Tivoli is lovely and I do plan to go back and see more of the town. I really recommend this tour. Meeting point was easy to find and all staff was very nice.Also, I never felt rushed.
I loved Villa d'Este, the fountains were spectacular! I felt like there wasn't much time to explore the grounds and see all of the fountains, once we finished the tour our the estate. I also wanted to explore the town where Villa d'Este is located, a very quaint town that was begging to be explored and enjoyed. I had to run around the grounds to see all of the fountains and was not able to enjoy what the villa had to offer. Hadrian's Villa was just another archeological site that was very interesting. The half day for both of these is not enough to take in all they have to offer.
The Villa de Este and the gardens worth seeing. Hadrian palace was just ok. Our guide here was terrible. In fact he was offensive at times and definitely strange. He never really gave any interesting or historical facts about either location. Our best time was on our own exploring without that it would be zero.
We enjoyed this day trip from Rome and Villa d'Este especially is a must see. Our guide Giuseppe was incredibly friendly an being a Tivoli local he was very knowledgeable about the area and the sites. We also enjoyed having some free time to explore the town of Tivoli at our own pace.
This trip is definitely a must for those who love history and architecture. It really shows how grand and extravagant Romans were. Fantastic way to spend a relaxing day wondering through the ruins and to contrast that with the spectacle that is Villa d'Este.
Do not Miss Villa d'Este
Both sites are well worth visiting, although you will need to use your imagination for Hadrian's Villa, however it is still a spectacular site to visit. The trip was well-organised with an excellent, patient and well-informed guide. We had a lovely lunch stop in Tivoli before seeing the villa. The gardens are outstanding and for us the highlight of the whole day.
Tivoli is a BEAUTIFUL area. The crowds were very low at both locations so it was no problem to wander and see the beautiful locations. The guide was able to handle multiple languages on the tour. My only regret is that we could not spend the whole day really taking in the tours. If you only have half a day....you do what you have to...and I am so glad we did.
We only had one hour and twenty minutes at Hadrian's Villa. It was very rushed and key parts of the villa - such as the Maritime Theatre were missed out. The main priority seemed to be to get us to a restaurant in Tivoli where, presumably, the guide was on commission. The restaurant was terrible and very over priced. After lunch we were left hanging around in the cold for ages - time that could have been spend at the Villa. Similarly Villa d'Este was very rushed. We saw nothing of the interior and only a section of the gardens. I have wanted to see Hadrian's Villa for years - I will go back but we'll do it independently.
We did this private tour as im in a wheelchair and this made our trip easy and enjoyable.
Our driver was prompt and friendly. Hadrians villa was amazing and so too was Villa d'este.
I would recommend it !
We had a terrific trip to Tivoli and enjoyed the tours of Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este. We were glad we did a day trip as there is so much to see a half day trip would have been too short for us.
We had a really nice time on this tour - I thought this trip was a hidden treasure. Tour guide was great - explained what we were doing and kept everyone informed about timing so we knew what to expect schedule-wise, especially when we had time to go explore on our own, and when we needed to be back at the bus. Bus was nice and comfortable, drop-off and pick-up locations were convenient for us.
We saw the Villa de Este in the introduction to Three Coins in a Fountain movie, and was glad to find out it was a short trip from Rome. I had heard about Hadrian's Villa in my History of Architecture class years ago as an ostentatious glorification of imperial power. I'm sure it was! Even the ruins are pretty WOW.
Nicole did an amazing job in showing the highlights of both locations and enriching my understanding and appreciation with background information. I can't stress it enough. Anyone can go to Hadrian's Villa and Villa D'Este and walk around, but it was the guide's context and knowledge that made the day the wonderful expereince it was. These places were built to be magical, transformative, and impressive and she gave us a lense through which to view them that way. Book with Rome Your Way, and ask for Nicole. You will not be disappointed!
Loved this day tour. The fountains at Villa d'Este were amazing! Worth the price!
We really enjoyed this trip to Hadrian's Villa and to the Villa D'Este in Tivoli. Alfredo was an engaging and educated guide who brought both sites alive. We would thoroughly recommend this tour.
The day trip to Tivoli was interesting although I would warn travelers that it involves a great deal of walking some of which was quite steep.
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