• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
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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: Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este. 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
  • Explore the archaeological ruins of Hadrian's Villa, former home to 2nd-century Emperor Hadrian
  • Admire the stunning gardens of Villa d'Este and see the famous Fountain of Neptune
  • Transport from Rome to Tivoli by air-conditioned coach

What You Can Expect

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

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: Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este.

Your first stop in Tivoli is at 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.

Enjoy lunch at your own expense, and then continue to Villa d'Este: 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.

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

Customer Reviews

Philip D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Great day in Tivoli.
Our local guide Gussippe was so smart . He knew everything historically and culturally. He was easy to understand, patient and charming. He totally related to our 11 year old as well as the other kids on tour and included them in conversation. His lunch and shopping suggestions were too notch. The food was great and the host was so friendly as her husband and staff quickly without rushing got us feed and out with plenty of unstructured time before resuming the tour. Great day ,I would take this tour again and highly recommend.

Clark C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

This was a wonderful tour! The waterfalls and gardens were beautiful and definitely worth it. My favorite tour in Rome.

Monica W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Joseph was a great tour guide and really took care to make sure everyone was back on time so we could keep on schedule. Considering he grew up in Tivoli, I’m sure he was very passionate about it. I would highly recommend. We left around 9:30 and back by 4:30, so not a long day.

Karen Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

This tour was amazing and I still tell my friends about this tour. Very informative guide who provided lots of exta information. Loved the Ville d’est gardens; a real hidden gem. Would thoroughly recommend this tour for a day trip out of Rome.

Sayali G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

The trip was excellent one! Our guide was local person having lot of knowledge about the places. He explained everything in detail and gave us enough time to see things on our own. I never felt rushed
The weather was excellent and we could hear water organ at Villa d'Este...

nancy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Enjoyed very much! Something different and definitely off the beaten trail!

Eleanor H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

A long day, but worth the effort! Both the driver and the guide were friendly and helpful.

Chamini Lakshi M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Awesome tour guide who has studied archeology. Informative and entertaining at the same time

scarletarakelian

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Amazing day trip, well worth the money. Our guide Guizeppe was very informative and with a great, and made the day full of fun. Highly recommended. Both places are great and not to be missed.

John W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Brilliant trip! The wineries were great and because it was just us we did not have to listen to commentaries or do all the fancy wine tasting bit. Our driver was very knowledgeable about the area and kept reminding us not to feel that we had to buy wine, though we did. W had to postpone our origional date due to bad weather delaying our departure but this was not an issue and we were able to rebook without any problems. The sentry was beautiful and my husband adored the car. Highly recommended.

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