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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.
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.
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.
Make the time when in Rome to get onto this tour, it is worth it. Our guide was well informed. English spoken
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.
Very interesting tour, the ruins of Emperor Hadrian and #39;s Villa Adriana were great. Almost 2000 year old arches and dome that are still standing. Villea DeEste garden and fountains were quite beautiful. Great tour guide too.
excellent tour very informative guide highly recommend this tour
Very interesting and informative. Our guide not sure what her name was was very likable and had much to say about the archeological site. Her english wasnt perfect but very understandable. It was impossibly hard to get a hold of the I love Rome agency to make sure if we will be picked up. Had to call 5 different numbers and do a ton of research to get a hold of them. The pickups are only done within the Aurealian Walls they say, which location is not clearly defined.
The tour was very nice, but actually we should have had ear-phones to hear much better the explanations.
Quite an interesting tour, Hadrian's Villa and the city of Tívoli! The views and the landscape are out of this world! It was a smooth and pleasant drive by bus with plenty of time to have lunch and take pictures.
This tour delivered what was promised and the guide did a good job of keeping the large group together in spite of the constant rain.
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