• Location: Rome, Italy
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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Travel in the footsteps of Roman emperors, cardinals and popes who would flee the hustle and bustle of Rome for hilltop Tivoli, 20 miles (30 kilometers) north-east of the Eternal City. This 7.5-hour guided day trip takes you back in time (via an air-conditioned coach) in Tivoli, exploring the archeological remains of 2nd-century Hadrian's Villa, with its lavish temples, sculptures, and theaters. After the lunch break, stroll around the lush gardens of the Renaissance-era Villa d'Este, marveling at the famed Fountain of Neptune.

Highlights

  • 7.5-hour guided day trip from Rome to Tivoli
  • Stroll around Hadrian's Villa, filled with statues, pillars and temples
  • Marvel at the lush gardens of the Villa d'Este and learn about Renaissance-era life here
  • Indulge in a hearty lunch at a local restaurant
  • Ride from Rome to Tivoli in a comfortable air-conditioned bus

What You Can Expect

Tivoli Day Trip from Rome with Lunch Including Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este

Villa d'Este

A resort town for Rome's rich and famous for over 2,000 years, Tivoli is today a fascinating refuge for anyone interested in history and culture. This guided day trip from Rome transports you to Tivoli on a comfortable air-conditioned bus and deposits you smack in the center of thousands of years of history. 

Take a guided walking tour of Hadrian's Villa, a lavish palace where the Roman emperor officially moved in 128 A.D. Marvel at the ruins of temples and theaters, swimming pools and steam rooms. With a guide at your side, learn about what daily life at the villa was like nearly 2,000 years ago. 

After touring the ancient estate, indulge in a delicious Roman lunch at a local restaurant and then get acquainted with the opulent Villa d'Este, an erstwhile Benedictine convent that was turned into a Renaissance palace by Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este, son of Lucrezia Borgia. Wander through the palace's verdant, highly manicured gardens and take delight in the famed Fountain of Neptune. 

After touring the villa, hop back on the bus for the return back to Rome.

Customer Reviews

Cindy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We especially enjoyed Hadrian's Villa. Shout out to Jo our guide.

Lucy P Armenia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

I took this tour with my mom, Viviana Carbonara was our guide, she is a very knowledgeable and intelligent lady.

Hadrian's Villa is an ancient archaeological site, even before Jesus Christ was born, Viviana with her interesting stories, she helped us live the moment, she simply took us back in time, we love history and she shared with us all the important information we needed to know about this place.

After Hadrian's villa we stopped for lunch, it was a typical Italian restaurant in Tivoli, the food was delicious and everything was perfect.

After that we went to Villa d'Este, another place with very beautiful gardens and fountains, Beautiful villa with very important paintings. Viviana patiently explained about each and every painting, about the different rooms.

I recommend you all to take this tour, as you will go back in time, these two places have different architectural designs.

Hopefully you will have Viviana as a guide, as she is an amazing person.

Thank you for everything.
Lucy and momn

tucpine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2017

If you have the time, this trip is not to be missed. Words can not describe the beauty that the eye will encounter. From the gardens, to the fountains, the water ponds, and the overall view, one can only stand in awe of all that you will see. Be prepared to for several stair cases and walking in order to see all that Tivoli has to offer.

crpascua

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Janet of Rome Your Way is excellent , she is not only knowledgeable but also has a sense of humor she definitely did her job well..

Jane E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Hadrian's Villa is really in ruins - however, it is possible to imagIne it in its grandeur days. Lunch in Tivoli was very good - just right with 2 courses including water, wine and an espresso after. Villa Este is amazing - over 200 fountains - beautiful gardens and views. Our guide, Mara, was a delight! Definitely recommend as a quick day trip from busy Rome. One note - lots of walking, steps and some steep grades. May not be suitable for people with walking difficulties.

James E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Great trip. Very knowledgeable docent to lead both destinations. Good bus accommodation. Highly recommended

Pierrette M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Great tour. Knowledgeable Tour guide, great organization for lunch. Certainly a good use of time. One of the best.

Adelia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Alfredo, our guide was excellent. He really knows his Roman history. We learned a lot and had a very good day. The lunch was delicious and we were served a typical roman meal. I definitely recommend this excursion!

traci

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Do not hesitate going on this amazing tour. The bus and walking tour was refreshing, informative and so beautiful! Many thanks again to our wonderful guide Inger, for unveiling the details and loveliness of both these awesome places in Italy. Hadrian's Villa is today a pillaged ruins, but Inger greatly brought out the imaginative beauty that it once was when first built. The lunch provided in the darling town of Tivioli was both hearty and delicious at the authentically-styled restaurant. Afterwards, visiting the absolutely amazing Villa d'Este was the ultimate experience for us. Its architecture and interior decorations were over-the-top. Then, strolling through the awesome landscaping and gorgeous hundreds of highly carved water fountains was like heaven on earth. We easily could have lingered there in the gardens for the rest of the day, just enjoying the beauty around us.

Bill B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Our guide Jo was amazing! She made sure we saw and understood the significance of Hadrian's Villa and its relationship to the marvelous Villa d'Este. We'd do this tour again!

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