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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

Riva K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This was an amazing tour - not to be missed. Giuseppe was a wonderful guide. There was just the right amount of time spent at each site and free time given.
I highly recommend this tour.

mitay

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

I enjoyed the history lessons on Hadrian's villa.

Gerry H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This tour is well worth doing. Our guide, Alfredo, was both delightful and very knowledgeable.

Vanessa W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

The BEST day trip out of Rome! Our guide, Larissa, was outstanding and provided a fascinating and entertaining insight into Roman life in the time of Hadrian. The villa grounds and ruins are immense but considering we only had the morning here Larissa managed to cover most of the highlights. The afternoon, in the much more compact water gardens, at Villa d'Este was a superb contrast. The fountains are really stunning, don't miss the water organ! The sheer feat of such engineering is awesome.We had ample time for lunch in Tivoli a pretty hilltop town and photo opportunities galore.

Rodel F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Larissa is very passionate and knowledgeable. I will certainly recommend her to my friends.

Gregory Vacations United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and we thoroughly enjoyed this tour. What a villa!

michael d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Guissepe was excellent, Hadrians villa and Tivoli gardens stunning, well worth the money.

BOUTROS B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

It was an excellent Tour and our guide Giuseppe made it Fabulous by his knowledge and the details he provided us .Thank you .

Ana-Maria S Romania

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

I loved a day out of the crowds of Rome in spite of the rain. I appreciated more Villa d'Este with its impressive gardens than the extensive tour of Hadrian's Villa.

Lauren

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Great tour, I've been to Villa D'Este before but never made it to Hadrian's Villa. Guide was very knowledgeable.

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