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Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este Half-Day Trip from Rome

Tivoli, Italy
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4 hours (Approx.)
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Offered in: English and 2 more


Get out of Rome and head to hilltop Tivoli on this fun half-day guided trip. Explore the historic town and visit Hadrian's Villa and the Villa d'Este, two UNESCO World Heritage-listed spots. With an expert guide, tour the town and its historic villas, learning about the history of the area and seeing an exciting swath of the Roman countryside.
  • Visit the town of Tivoli on a half-day trip from Rome
  • See two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one day: Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este
  • Learn about the lavish Emperor Hadrian on a tour of Hadrian’s Villa (Villa Adriana)
  • Explore Villa d’Este with your guide and admire its incredible gardens and Bernini-designed fountains
  • Enjoy round-trip transport by air-conditioned coach from Rome
Begin this half-day tour of Tivoli by getting picked up at your hotel in the center of Rome or opt to meet your guide near Rome's Termini Station. Hop on the comfortable coach for the ride. Learn about the history of Tivoli from your guide while admiring the views of the Roman countryside from the coach window. 
The first stop is Villa Adriana, also known as Hadrian's Villa, the erstwhile 2nd-century holiday home of Emperor Hadrian. Stroll among the ruins of the villa, which almost seems like more village than villa, as the place was expansive and ostentatious. See the temples and terrain, the theaters and thermal baths and learn about what daily life was like here 1,800 years ago from your guide. 
Hop back on the coach and make the short drive to Tivoli's other main attraction: the incredible Villa d'Este. This Renaissance-era palace, built in the the middle of the 16th century, was home to Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este, who at the time was also the governor of Tivoli. Stroll around the palace with your guide learning about its history, lingering in the verdant gardens and gawking at the Baroque fountains designed by none other than the master Gian Lorenzo Bernini. 
After the tour, enjoy the relaxing ride back to Rome. The tour concludes where it began  – either at your hotel or at Rome's Termini Station. You can also opt for a drop-off at Via Veneto, Piazza Barberini, Piazza Venezia or Piazza della Repubblica.

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Caroline S
, Apr 2019

Knowledgeable guide with a good sense of humour. Both sites are breath taking and visit is suitable for all ages

William M
, Mar 2019

good guide - nice visit...enjoyed myself a great deal. a very knowledgable guide and timing was right!

Erin F
, Jan 2019

I went out here on Thursday with Kathie. She was an excellent guide and gave the tour seamlessly in English and Spanish to accomodate the guests. Her manner is just lovely and she really made the sites come to life with such intresting inforamtion about the sites and their occupants. Kathie answered every question with grace and interest for her guests. I think both sites are well worth visiting and I would totally recommend this tour.

Rhonda K
, Jan 2019

Perfect half day tour. Lovely scenery. Long enough to learn more about Rome and still have time to explore other areas that day.

, Nov 2018

A must see! The guide was extremely knowledgeable and interesting. Everything ran smoothly. Great day

Mark M
, Nov 2018

All in all it was a good tour. We thought that we could have had some more time in Hadrian's Vila though.

Rossana D
, Oct 2018

What a fabulous place to visit. Wish we had more time to see more of it! Both villas are so expansive, they need to make the trip longer.

Victor C
, Oct 2018

Our group of 9 really enjoyed this trip to Tivoli just outside of Rome. It was a wonderful opportunity to see the countryside outside of Rome. The highlight of the tour was definitely seeing the many beautiful and dramatic fountains and gardens of Villa d'Este. We wish we had more time to explore the many fountains. The ruins of Hadrian's Villa were interesting, and the property was surprisingly huge. And by the time we reached the second ruin, a lot of us were saying I wish we were still at the fountains of Villa d'Este.

Anthony C
, Sep 2018

yes, there is a lot to see in Rome, but this tour was a highlight! the villa was incredible and we really enjoyed.. took more pictures here than anywhere else. The other highlights of the tour will surprise you with the history and archaeological aspects

, Aug 2018

This was my 3rd trip over the years to see the Tivoli Gardens and everytime I go, I love it! My only complaint this time was the tour guide spent way too much time talking about the villa and we were very rushed to see the gardens.

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