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Overview

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
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.

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, Oct 2018

Our guide was very good and historically accurate. He was pleasant and his English while accented was very good and understandable. The suggestion for lunch had excellent food but was too expensive (and I am from NYC so I rarely have sticker shock). He was very professional.

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, Oct 2018

The initial pickup point on Via Cavour is a little obscure and with our non-English speaking taxi driver and his non-Italian speaking riders (us), we were a bit concerned over arriving on time. All worked out though. Our tour guide Larissa was excellent. Her background as an archeologist really added a lot to our time at Hadrian's Villa. The ruins are very extensive, but she gave us the information to properly envision the Villa as it was thousands of years ago. The recommended lunch spot in Villa d'Este was very nice and we really enjoyed the traditional italian food. The gardens and fountains at Villa d'Este were spectacular. The tour and commentary as we explored a good portion was very interesting. We also had a good amount of time for self-exploration. Transportation to and from the city went well. Would highly recommend this tour!

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, Oct 2018

Villa d'Este is exceptional. The gardens and fountains beautiful. Hadrian's villa was interesting but a wish we could have seen more of it. This tour was originally just a way to fill a spare day around Rome but I felt it was very worthwhile and among the best parts of our trip. The Guide was funny and knowledgeable.

j
, Sep 2018

The description for the meeting place is misleading and quotes an incorrect station but ended up finding the right place
Loved Hadrians Villa and Villa d'Este in Tivoli but would have preferred a short lunch break to allow for more time to explore the wonderful gardens - really came to see the fountains not to have an hour or so for lunch and see Tivoli really not much at Tivoli apart from the gardens. The tour guide was excellent with the history etc but would have liked the option to get into the gardens when first arrived and them allow people to decide if they want to see All the gardens and then have a quick look around Tivoli

M
, Sep 2018

We had a perfect day. Our guide Joseph was wonderful. He was very funny and knowledgeable.The whole day was perfect. I highly recommend thus tour.

J
, Aug 2018

This Tivoli Day Trip to see Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este is a must! Joseph Giuseppe was a wonderful guide - he was adept at speaking about the two villas as well as his hometown of Tivoli, providing many anecdotes and stories that kept everyone's attention while providing recommendations for things to see on our own. Each stop was a mix of guided tour and personal time, meaning you got all the history and group questions while also feeling like you could explore. All in all, highly recommended!

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, Aug 2018

Giuseppe was our guide and he was perfect! So well informed - a Tivoli native and you could tell how proud he was of his town. The day was hot, but there was plenty of shade and and the pace was just right. Villa d'Este is breathtaking.

L
, Jul 2018

Our family trip to Tivoli was wonderful. Our tour guide Giuseppe was a Tivoli native and did a great job showing us the cute town he loves. We would have enjoyed the tour more if it was not so ridiculously hot a hundred degrees but what can you do. We enjoyed Hadrian's Villa with all its amazing water fountains and gardens the best but be warned about all the stairs. Our favorite part was eating lunch at the authentic Italia restaurant Giuseppe took us to. It was the best food and service we had in all of Italy!

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, Jul 2018

Great tour around Tivoli. Bus ride is about 45 minutes from/to Rome. Our guide was Guiseppe who is local and outstanding. There is a lot of walking specially for a long day but it is well paced. You start at Hadrian's Villa which is amazing. Then you break for lunch and a bit of town walking. Then you close with Villa d'Este which was simply spectacular in terms of beauty, architecture and engineering. Highly recommend this tour for a day outside of Rome.

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, Jul 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.


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