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clock-o5 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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commentOffered in: English and 3 more

Overview

Set out from Rome for a half-day exploration of ancient Tivoli, a stunning hilltop town that once served as a vacation destination for the rich. Spend some time exploring its many offerings, including the Villa Adriana which incorporates of variety of ancient architectural styles and Villa d’Este, known for its exquisite Renaissance palace and garden. Learn about the history of this fascinating, fair-weather resort town as you go.

  • Half-day trip to Tivoli from Rome
  • Explore the ruins of Hadrian's Villa, a palace complex built for Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD
  • Visit the Renaissance palace of Villa d'Este with its terraced gardens and fountains
  • Enjoy comfortable round-trip transportation from and back to Rome

Reviews

Viator Traveler's Reviews

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b
, Jun 2018

What a wonderful tour guide, lots of information, learned a lot about Hadrian's Villa/life etc...

J
, Dec 2017

I hesitated booking at first, as this isn't one of the BIG attractions in Rome, but so glad I booked a tour! The greenery and open space in both Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este are a much needed break from built up Rome. The ruins at Hadrians' are amazing to see and imagine what it once was like. Villa d'Este is beyond beautiful and some of our best pictures and memories are from the fountains. We booked through Viator and I'd recommend them, though the pick up is a little confusing. Email them prior to confirm pick up and times.
Book this trip, we told everyone we met at other tours in Rome about it.

P
, Nov 2017

This tour was such an incredible surprise. Two Villas and so amazingly different. We were on this tour with Gray Line I Love Rome by Carrani Tours. This tour was captained by Claudia, whose descriptions and walking tours were amazing. She was clear and precise and made the morning an incredible experience. Hadrian's Villa is a huge complex 250 acres. The complex combined with Claudia's stories really fires the imagination. The orientation at the beginning overlooking a large model really helps put this complex in perspective. Once you start to walk around it, you are amazed at the scope of it all and are stunned by the ruins. Claudia's stories filled in the gaps and helped to understand the Emperor's vast achievements.The most beautiful part for me was Hadrian's pool named Canopus and an artificial grotto named Serapeum. An Egyptian city named Canopus was where a temple named Serapeum was dedicated to the god Serapis. The pool was surrounded by columns and arches, a few of which remain today. In stark contrast, the Villa d'Este is a beautiful museum almost eclipsed by the hundreds of fountains throughout the terraced gardens. Walking along the paths is magical, taking in the playful and majestic fountains including a stepped wall with green foliage and 100 fountains. The reflecting pools and huge fountains at one end of the gardens. Inside the museum are gorgeous frescoes. The entire tour was so much more meaningful with Claudia's commentary and description. Well done.

J
, Oct 2017

Make the time when in Rome to get onto this tour, it is worth it. Our guide was well informed. English spoken

J
, Oct 2017

The sights were magnificent. Tour bus was comfortable but P.A system was not easy to hear.
Our group's English speaking guide was not comfortable with his material, hesitant and too soft spoken for this role.

l
, Oct 2017

Tour guide was not professional!

H
, Sep 2017

The tour was very nice, but actually we should have had ear-phones to hear much better the explanations.

J
, Sep 2017

Villa D'este is amazingly beautiful and Hadrian's villa is loaded with history. Great guide and highlight off our Rome visit. Bus driver dropped us off with plenty of time to add a visit to Villa Borghese.

J
, Aug 2017

We enjoyed the tour. We had hotel pick up but not drop off so we had to pay to get back to our hotel which was near the Vatican Museum. So, why did we have to wait for our pick up? There were 2 guides and narrative was in 5 languages. We thought our tour was English only.

K
, Jun 2017

We called the tour company that morning and told them we were on our way. We called back a second time and told them we would be there but we were having trouble finding the address. We arrived four minutes late and we were told the tour had left. We asked why since they knew we had signed up and we had called. No one tried to call us to find out where we were. They could not wait four minutes when they knew we were coming? We did another one of their tours. The woman checked her list three times to make sure everyone was there and the tour left 15 minutes late. They offered us another tour that they said was more expensive. We took it but it was actually much less expensive than the one we had signed up for. I would recommend finding another company.


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