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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.


  • 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

Robin H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

One of the highlights of our 9 day trip to Rome. The guide Laura was amazing and funny. We were not rushed but covered a lot of ground in one day. She was very knowledgeable about both sites and provided detailed answers to our questions.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Loved this day tour. The fountains at Villa d'Este were amazing! Worth the price!

Ruchika S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

AMAZING tour guide and a great trip overall. Would highly recommend this tour

Robert B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was the most knowledgeable guide we had the entire trip, and we took five different tours. Excellent!

Patricia W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Highlight of my most recent trip to Rome area. Both places were bucket list items and would recommend as a get away from the hustle and bustle of Rome


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Excellent trip. Our tour guide, guiseppe as i ember was great

Teresa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great tour away from the heat and crowds in Rome. Comfortable transport, an engaging and knowledgeable tour guide, and a fascinating slice of history.

Patricia G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Rome has so much to offer but getting out of the city and seeing both the ruins and fountains and visiting the little town was a fabulous break. The guide was ver knowledgeable and the time spent at each was split very well, giving you enough time to see each and have a nice lunch

Linda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We had a really nice time on this tour - I thought this trip was a hidden treasure. Tour guide was great - explained what we were doing and kept everyone informed about timing so we knew what to expect schedule-wise, especially when we had time to go explore on our own, and when we needed to be back at the bus. Bus was nice and comfortable, drop-off and pick-up locations were convenient for us.

We saw the Villa de Este in the introduction to Three Coins in a Fountain movie, and was glad to find out it was a short trip from Rome. I had heard about Hadrian's Villa in my History of Architecture class years ago as an ostentatious glorification of imperial power. I'm sure it was! Even the ruins are pretty WOW.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We had a terrific trip to Tivoli and enjoyed the tours of Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este. We were glad we did a day trip as there is so much to see a half day trip would have been too short for us.

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