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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

Dewey B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great trip. Very interesting and informative. Lots of walking and steps. I would not recommend this if it is very hot and humid, or you are not a walker.

Robert R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fascinating tour of the ruins of Hadrian's Villa and beautiful gardens and home at Villa D'Este! I loved the numerous fountains there, and it certainly helped with the heat during the Italian summer. Would definitely return and highly suggest this as a day trip to anyone visiting Rome.

Lorraine B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This trip was great. Hadrian's Villa was a surprise...we didn't know much about it before taking the tour and it was all very interesting. Tivoli's gardens were beautiful, of course. I recommend this tour.

Debra G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour both locations were impressive and quite different from each other Hadrians villa being ruins and the Vila d and #39;este being lush and beautiful garden. With gorgeous water features and fountains most welcome on such s hot day

kay.l.1406

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This activity was well organised. It moved at an easy pace , with time to take in the sites alongside the most informative commentary from the guides. The guides were very personable, knowledgable and ready to respond to any questions.
Each site was fascinating in its own way, but both a visual feast rich in remarkable history. Well worth doing!

Ian C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The trip was excellent Marcetta the guide was brilliant she was friendly and very informative I would definitely recommend this tour and your company.

karinne.ludlow

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Gaylee H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great

Kirk S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Barber was a good guide and informative about both Villas. She kept us interested in a very hot day. Villa d and #39;Este was stunning. If any Changes recommended: reduce time at Hadrian and #39;s - add to d and #39;Este. Emphasize lack of facilities at Hadrian and #39;s and recommend people bring water. Died of thirst until lunch.

Esperanza G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Es una visita muy recomendada si quieren ver jardines romanos sobre todo en Tivoli tecnología hidraulica. Uno puede apreciar como les gustaba vivir a los emperadores, es realmente una visita que recomendamos se la pasa uno muy bien.
En nuestro caso el tour fue en ingles pues hay pocos en Español, eso es un problema si no hablas bien el idioma que era el caso de mi esposo sin embargo la explicación tampoco es muy abundante en información por lo que la pueden tomar sin problemas.
A Tivoli ingresamos después de comer y nos traian un poco apurados, a mi me hubiera gustado que nos dejaran un poco más de tiempo para ver bien y disfrutar la villa sin embargo se veía que traian el tiempo contado por lo que esa visita es un poco rápida.
Si tienen problemas para caminar sobre todo para subir y bajar no es recomendable, todo son escaleras, pienso sobre todo en la gente mayor realmente las subidas y las prisas no es buena combinación.
Antes de entrar comimos por nuestra cuenta, no nos recomendaron sin embargo mi marido y yo decidimos quedarnos en el restaurante justo de frente a la entrada de Tivoli y dejenme decirles que las pizzas fueron las mejores que nos comimos de todo italia, se las recomiendo.

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