• 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

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

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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!

Jennifer W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

This was the best part of the trip to take pictures by far! The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable having graduated in archeology in Rome and was unbelievably kind. He even gave the best recommendation for lunch between the two sites. It was about - si i recommend a different place if youre budget traveling.

But i highly recommend this tour if youre in Rome and would like a day out of the city or if you like really good pics.

Suetying C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

If you have a few days in Rome and want to visit more UNESCO Heritage sites, I would recommend this tour. These places are situated at about 30-40 minutes drive from Rome and I think they're worth visiting. Both places were pretty empty on the date we went Dec 19 but one of our fellow travelers said he visited during summer time and it was way over-crowded. We felt that we have enough time at both sites and weren't rush at all. We also had lunch at a restaurant recommended by the tour guide and food was decent and price was reasonable.

Debbie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We really enjoyed our tour to Tivoli, the fountains were breathtaking!

Tony

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Fantastic tour. Alfredo was a brilliant guide. Knowledgeable, passionate and patient - well done. Hadrians Villa must be seen by all who come to Rome.

Ira M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

My wife and I very much enjoyed this tour. The featured sights are quite incredible and impressive. The tour was run in a very efficient manner. Our guide Lara was very informative, knowledgeable, interesting, charming and delightful.

G D L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

What a perfect day! Hadrian's villa is massive and what has been excavated is mind boggling. Then, meandering around the Villa d'Este was absolutely fascinating.

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