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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was fantastic! Educational, fun, time to explore, and great to be outside of Rome for the day. Our guide was very knowledgable and shed lots of historical and artistic info on everything we saw. Don't miss this tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Excellent Day trip. We really enjoyed both visits and learned a lot from our Guide. It was nice relaxing day.

Neil D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Even though it was raining, this was our favorite trip. Hadrian's villa was amazing. We eventually went to the Castle S'Angelo in Rome, which was to be his mausoleum. Unfortunately his remains are missing. Apparently part of his sarcophagus is in the Vatican being used for baptisms or something like that.

Loved Villa D'este with all the fountains. Don't miss it.

Had lunch at a local restaurant where we paid our own way. It was excellent! Being Americans we really enjoyed being able to order, eat and get our bill quickly! Usually this process is quite drawn out by our standards.

Great guide as per usual! We love Viator,

Christi W USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We toured Hadrian's Villa in the morning under cloudy skies and by afternoon it was raining as we toured Villa d'Este and I still give this tour 5 stars! Giuseppe was able to answer our questions and give a very knowledgeable tour, particularly of Hadrian's Villa. I like that we got to see both villas, the ancient Roman one and the one from the Renaissance period. It was easy to see the influences that the first villa had on the second and then picture how the marble that was taken from Hadrian's villa for the Villa d'Este must have looked in the ancient halls. But the fountains at Villa d'Este were the most amazing part of the experience. They were honestly draw droppingly beautiful.

Diana C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Amazing ruins and gardens within an hour of Rome

Margaret F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Really delighted with this tour. Hadrian's Villa was amazing, if for no other reason than its size, gives new meaning to Villa. The Villa d'Este was spectacular. The gardens and fountains soothing, beautifully maintained, and astonishing in its engineering. The guide, Joseph, was from Tivoli, lived there all his life, so he was intimately knowledgeable of Tivoli, Hadrian's Villa, and the Villa d'Este. Joseph's accent was strong but he was acutely conscientious about insuring that we all could understand and hear him. He spoke slowly in order to overcome the accent. He was very friendly.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was amazing!

Anthony H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We loved this day trip from Rome . Hadrian's Villa was amazing and the Gardens at Tivoli were breath taking . Unfortunately it started to rain just as we started the tour of the gardens so we did get very wet but this did not take away from our delight at the beautiful fountains and gardens .

Thomas F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We are so glad we followed a friend's recommendation to take this tour! Our guide Josepe was outstanding giving historical information throughout the walking tour of the remains of Hadrian's Villa and the breath taking sights of Villa D'Este. The coach was comfortable and a short drive from Rome - a nice break from the crowds of Rome.

Gur Benjamin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Highly recommended trip. A great excursion from Rome.

The guide Alfredo deserves a special mention - professional, knowledgeable, kind and with a sense of humor.

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