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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

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

Enjoy your tour in Hadrian's Villa!

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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Customer Reviews

Michael z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great excursion from Rome. Villa dEstes was amazing.

Rachel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great tour. A lot of walking and steps to consider. A nice overview of both places wth about an hour at each. Guide was fun and informative.

Mary-anne J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent site - a must see experience, well preserved site, highly recommend.

Kenneth S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

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 !

Angel F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Vilaa d'Este was amazing I highly recommend this tour. It takes you out of Rome into beautiful estates and ruins. Our guide was wonderful!!!

Rachelle M H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was very exciting, informative, and personal. We had an AMAZING time with our guide and truly learned a lot from our experience. I would recommend this tour and this guide to anyone who plans to travel to this area of Europe. The tour was well-worth the money, and I will definitely book this tour or a similar tour the next time I travel!

Carly M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour guide was very knowledgeable and did a fantastic job! Its a must do tour.

fannyann2012

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

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.

Stefanie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Wonderful greenline tour

Rose K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was a very relaxing and interesting tour. We loved it!! A day to remember!

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