• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
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Rome is full of magnificent ancient monuments, but there are even more historic gems just outside of the city. This small-group half-day tour from Rome visits the hilltown of Tivoli, home to two UNESCO-listed marvels – the 2nd-century ruins of Hadrian's Villa (Villa Adriana) and the idyllic Villa d'Este, a 16th-century palace and garden complex. Tour includes hotel pickup, entrance fees, and round-trip transport.


  • 5-hour tour of Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este from Rome
  • Visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites on one tour
  • Explore the 2nd-century ruins of Hadrian's Villa (Villa Adriana)
  • Marvel at the grand palace and magnificent gardens of Villa d'Este
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pickup, entrance fees, and round-trip transport
  • Small-group tour limited to seven people ensures a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Tour of Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este from Rome

Hadrian Villa

After being picked up from your central Rome hotel, meet your guide and small group of up to seven people in time for a 9am departure. Traveling aboard a comfortable minivan, set out on the around 30-minute journey to Tivoli, admiring the scenery as you climb through the hills of Italy’s Lazio region.

On arrival, the first stop is Hadrian’s Villa, a grand complex built by Emperor Hadrian during the 2nd century. Follow your guide around the 300-acre (120-hectare) ruins, stopping to admire highlights such as the Maritime Theater, the Piazza d'oro, the imperial Palace, and the Canopus, inspired by the wonders of Rome, Egypt, and Athens.

Next , enjoy a guided tour of Villa d'Este, built by Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este in the 16th century and renowned for its Renaissance architecture and beautiful gardens. Take a peek inside the cardinal’s rooms, admire the views from the Vialone terrace, then stroll around the gardens.

Back in Rome, your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

If you are a history or architectural buff, this is an absolute must. As close to Ephesus as you can get without going to Turkey. Wear your walking shoes and bring your own water


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Excellent all around. Great driver and guide.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Our guide was knowledgeable and able to answer all questions we had. Direct pick up from our accommodation and great driver
The tour was able to be tailored to our needs and pace.
Villa dEste is spectacular a must see in any tour of Rome.

Ann H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Vittoria was an exceptional guide - by far the best we experienced during our Rome trip. She was highly informed, enthusiastic and friendly. Couldn't improve on the trip.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Small size offered a personalized feeling. Our guide was knowledgeable and really enjoyed sharing these sights with us. The small size was perfect and allowed us to set the pace and cover more than a large group would. This tour was well worth the cost, I highly recommend this tour.

Walter T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

We really enjoyed our trip to Tivoli to see Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este. The driver and the guide were very professional. The guide spoke great English and she was a wealth of information about each site. Without her we wouldn't really know what we were seeing and it would have been disappointing. She brought the two sites to life. Villa d'Este is something to see. All those fountains!! Unbelievable!! Definitely worth the trip to explore.

David W

4 star rating: Recommended December 2017

Very informative, however when she wasnt providing tour information guide seemed to be on her mobile phone more than was necessary in my opinion.

Joanne W

4 star rating: Recommended July 2017

Loved the tour and our guide was really interesting. Hadn't realised Hadrains villa was so large and the gardens and fountains were amazing at the Villa d'Este. The only issue was that we had booked for a morning tour and it got changed the day before to an afternoon. This did end up better for us as we missed the worst of the days heat however it was lucky that we had not planned anything for the afternoon.

Scott S

4 star rating: Recommended June 2017

Very enjoyable but a little abbreviated Both places were worthy of the visit picked up at our hotel in a comfortable vehicle. I felt the guide rushed thru and was a bit short on explanations.

Mr Robin H

3 star rating: Worth doing December 2017

The tour of Hadrian's Villa was excellent as was the enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. The tour of the Villa d'Este did not take place because the site was closed. We were disappointed. We were given to understand that this was not an unusual event and wonder why we were not given the option of changeing the date in advance rather than being confronted on the day. The guide assured us that a refund would be made. Nothing happened so I had to chase it myself directly with Viator. It refunded what I consider a miserly amount considering that the Villa d'Este was a substantial proportion of the trip. I wonder if they would have refunded anything at all if I had not struggled through their system.

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