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Visit the historic vacation homes of the Roman elite on a Rome to Tivoli day trip. The full-day guided excursion includes tours of Tivoli’s two UNESCO-listed sites: Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa. Hear Renaissance and Ancient Roman history and scandal, admire archaeological ruins and explore some of Italy’s most extravagant private gardens.

Highlights

  • 7-hour Tivoli day trip from Rome
  • Learn intriguing Renaissance history on a guided walking tour of two villas east of Rome
  • Admire the stunning gardens of Villa d'Este and see the famous Fountain of Neptune
  • Explore the archaeological ruins of Hadrian's Villa, former home to 2nd-century Emperor Hadrian
  • Transport from Rome to Tivoli by air-conditioned coach

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What You Can Expect

Tivoli Day Trip from Rome: Villa d'Este and Hadrian's Villa

Renaissance Architecture at Villa d'Este

Travel from Rome to Tivoli by air-conditioned coach to start your day trip. As you travel, listen to your guide’s commentary about Tivoli, a historic town in the Monti Tiburtini hills. A prestigious vacation spot in the days of Ancient Rome, the town is now popular for its two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa.

Your first stop in Tivoli is at Villa d’Este. Hop off your coach to explore the former Benedictine convent, and see why many consider the villa to be one of the finest of the Renaissance era.

As you explore, hear how Villa d’Este was built as an opulent abode for the son of Lucretia Borgia, a 15th-century duchess who attracted drama and gossip wherever she went. Make your way past the Fountain of Neptune, and wander through the gardens to see waterfalls, fountains and centenary trees.

Enjoy lunch at your own expense, and then continue to Hadrian’s Villa for a walking tour. Hear how the villa belonged to Emperor Hadrian who desired an unassuming vacation home as a tribute to his lover. By modern standards, his ‘humble abode’ could be considered a town in its own right.

The ruins of the emperor’s impressive estate consist of more than 30 buildings, and you’ll see the highlights as you explore. Discover the complex ruins of the old imperial palace as well as thermal baths, temples, libraries and subterranean passages that are wide enough for vehicles.

Leave Hadrian’s Villa after your tour, and then relax on your journey back to Rome.

Customer Reviews

gary.patterson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I chose this trip as we live near Hadrians wall in the North East of England and i wanted to see Emperor Hadrians villa. The first part of the trip gave us the opportunity to see how he lived, the second part was in Villa DEste. The gardens here are so beautiful and the views both inside and out are breath taking. If you like your history and want to do a trip outside the city of Rome, then this is for you.

Jane M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Just delightful! Our guide was funny and informative. We loved the sights, the town where we had our lunch break and the fountains. A wonderful day!

Jodi G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Amazing! Worth it to get out of the city, guide was very knowledgeable. The gardens were phenomenal

Renee' R United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

We truly enjoyed this day trip from Rome. The guide was knowledgeable and the coach was very nice, clean and comfortable! It was hot touring Hadrian's Villa minimal shade and a long walking tour so wear appropriate clothing and bring water as none is available during the tour of the villas. It was well worth the money spent!

Michele C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The tour was very informative and we were given freedom to stay with the tour the entire time, or meet back with the guide at a certain time and place. The times at each place felt short - I could have easily stayed longer! Made me much happier that I didn't do the half day tour, because it definitely wouldn't have been enough.

Catherine G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Guide was fantastic!

kathryn w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A fantastic tour. History at one villa and magnificent fountain gardens at the other. Take care at lunch, as we felt stung by the prices somewhat. Perhaps go for a cheaper option you find for yourself.
Loved the gardens as I had seen them on the TV and it is so worth seeing for real. Good timings for the day and the meeting point is near the Colosseum which is easy to get to I walked from my hotel.

jukeboxpete

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Loved this tour. Both places were exceptional and the fountains at Villa d'Este were amazing. Great guide.

Cavan K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

We were glad that we had booked a guided tour instead of attempting to organise our own itinerary to Tivoli. We learned so much from our enthusiastic and charming guide, Barbara, and transportation was quick and efficient. Both sites were breathtaking in different ways - spectacular ruins at the astonishing Hadrian's Villa and great beauty in the house and garden at Villa d'Este.

bonnieb630

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was my favorite tour in all of or travels in Italy, Spain and France. Our guide was soooo knowledgable. The day was very hot and the tour of all the beautiful fountains was perfect. The grounds and paths that wandered through the fountains made walking easy. I took many pictures of the most unique fountains I have ever seen. We would do this tour again if we return to Itay.

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