• 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.


  • 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

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


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.

Jerry P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

It was absolutely wonderful....

Victor S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour was taken on March 13, 2018. It happened that last year I took the same tour with the same guide, whose name is Giuseppe. Giuseppe is a Tivoli resident, so he gave us valuable information about Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este as well. Needless to say, I enjoyed this interesting tour very much and would not mind to repeat it again. Grazie mille, Giuseppe. I am giving you 5 stars for that wonderful unforgettable colorful tour. Needless to say, this tour is highly recommended.

Joseph V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Amazing tour!! Our guide Alfredo was witty and charming and so very knowledgeable. He made sure that everyone in our group, including an elderly solo traveler, had fun throughout the day, and he even gave us time to explore these ruins on our own. I would definitely recommend this tour!

Olga P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

It was the most amazing trip ! Well organized , led by the very very professional guide, his name is Josef , do not have his card. He is a middle age man native of Tivoli. He is very knowledgeable, great narrator with a very good sense of humor.
This tour was our best.
Thank you Josef !
If you are booking through the Viator, you can find him. It was on Oct.22,2017

Wes P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018


Karen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This tour was lovely. We visited both the Villa Adriana as well as the Tivoli Gardens. Both sites were beautiful and unique. I am so glad I went the guide was very knowledgeable and helpful to me since I use a cane and there were both steps and walking. Lunch was on your own, but we had yummy lunch!

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