While visitors flock to Tivoli for its many pretty attractions and parks, the historic Villa Gregoriana has yet to catch on—a good thing for a park known for its wild and beautiful landscape. Situated at the edge of a wooded gorge at a bend in the Aniene River, the park's rugged terrain makes for excellent hikes through the dramatic woods that run from one side of the ravine to the other. The ancient Roman necropolis at Tivoli sits right behind the park, while a Roman villa and the Temple of Vesta sit within.
The park is named after Pope Gregory XVI, who commissioned the villa in 1835 to rebuild the bed of the river—resulting in the creation of the park's second waterfall, which can be seen from the trails, along with fascinating cliffs and river caves.
Experience nature in the Roman countryside without straying far from the city by visiting Tivoli on a day trip from Rome, less than an hour away.
Villa Gregoriana is located in Tivoli, just over 21 miles (34 km) east of Rome. From Tiburtina Station in Rome, catch the Roma-Pescara line train toward Tivoli/Pescara, or the Roma-Tivoli train, if departing from Termini Station. Both trains take less than an hour and leave regularly throughout the day. The park is a half-hour drive from Rome, but with traffic and locals at the wheel, you might want to consider taking a day trip with round trip transportation included.
Villa Gregoriana is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 4pm during the months of October through December, and in March. It is open 10am to 6:30pm during the months of April through October. The park is closed mid-December through February. Adult admission costs €7, and admission for children ages 4-14 costs €3. Student tickets cost €4, and family tickets (2 adults & 2 children) cost €17.
The paths can be somewhat irregular in places, so bring good shoes and be prepared for the climbing required.