Tivoli Tour

Discover Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este
Pick-up, Skip-the-line & Transportation with a Mercedes Included!
Kids pay half price!

Duration

about 7 hours

Skip-the-line tickets

Pick up at your hotel & Drop off

Private Transportation

Professional Guides

Activity level

moderate

Sights Included

Hadrian's Villa
– Canopus, Serapeum, Maritime theater
– Pecile, Big Baths, Libraries
– Piazza d’Oro, Palazzo
Villa d'Este
– Gorgeous Fountains & Gardens
– Beautiful Frescoes
– Breath-taking architecture
Tivoli city center & landscapes
– Views of the Roman Countryside
– Tivoli Castle (from outside)
– Basilica di Santa Maria (from outside)

Tour Description

On our Tivoli Tour, you’ll enjoy a special visit to two spectacular UNESCO sights: Hadrian’s Villa & Villa d’Este.

The beautiful town of Tivoli is a true treasure. It’s also just 45 minutes away from Rome, making it the perfect place to escape from the city for a day. 

1. Hadrian’s Villa

Your private guide and your driver will pick you up at your hotel.

After about 45 minutes, you will reach Hadrian’s Villa, the magnificent, sprawling residence of the Roman Emperor. 

Hadrian was an unusual emperor. Unlike previous rulers, who were focused on expanding the empire, Hadrian spent years traveling in the provinces, consolidating the conquests of his precursors. 

Hadrian wasn’t very keen on Rome, with its politics and plots for power. So he decided to move the imperial residence to Tivoli, which was the perfect distance from the Capital – not too close, and not too far. 

Here, he made his dream house a reality, commissioning the construction of a gigantic complex where more traditional buildings stood right next to unique, revolutionary constructions. 

Hadrian was an amateur architect, but he was also a very talented and cultured man. His direct contributions to the designs of the Villa were remarkable. Many of the buildings were inspired by Greek and Egyptian buildings. Even when the emperor wasn’t traveling, he was still surrounded by buildings that reminded him of his favorite places. 

Visiting Hadrian’s Villa is a little like exploring cities such as Athens, or Alexandria in Egypt. You will see bathhouses, massive dining rooms, courtyards with huge pools, and gardens. After 1,800 years, the grandeur of the structures is still breathtaking. 

As you explore this fascinating archaeological site, you’ll understand what life was like for a Roman emperor.

After the Hadrian’s Villa tour it will be time to have a lunch break at a local place – a special recommendation from our Tour Professional.

2. Villa d’Este

After a delicious lunch, you’ll be ready for the second part of the Tivoli Tour: Villa d’Este. 

This is a completely different kind of Villa, commissioned in the 16th century by the Cardinal Ippolito d’Este. He was the descendant of one of the most important families in Italy, and the grandson of Pope Alexander VI, of the Borgia family. 

When Ippolito became governor of Tivoli, he wanted a house that was appropriately aristocratic. He was also a lover of antiquities, which he knew he could find in the nearby archaeological areas. 

Ippolito hired the famous architect Pirro Ligorio, who renovated the governor’s old residence (a humble convent) and turned it into a magnificent Renaissance villa.

Federico Zuccari, Cesare Nebbia, Girolamo Muziano and other great mannerist painters covered the walls with colorful frescoes. 

The real masterpiece, however, is the wonderful garden. There’s nothing else quite like it.

Ligorio designed green terraces with beautiful fountains, and an aqueduct that brought the water directly from the river Aniene. This was the only way to provide enough water for the fifty fountains, and the hundreds of waterfalls. 

As you walk through the garden, you can hear the relaxing sound of flowing water everywhere you go.

Your Tour Professional will lead you through the paths of this garden paradise, and reveal  the technical tricks of Pirro Ligorio, along with the fascinating details of the Cardinal’s life. 

When Villa d’Este was finally inaugurated in 1572, Ippolito’s house even rivaled the beauty of Hadrian’s residence. This is architectural grandeur on an imperial scale…

Take a break from Rome, book our Tivoli Tour, and discover Tivoli with us!

It’s a truly unique and unforgettable place and a trip that will stay with you forever. 

IMPORTANT INFO!

You MUST bring an ID, a passport or a driver’s license to enter the sights.

This is the price for groups from one to six people. If you have more people in your group, please let us know and we’ll create a customized price.​​

Pricing
990 € for 1 person
70 € per additional person
What's included
Skip-the-line tickets
Transportation

in a Mercedes van or car

Pick-up at your hotel

in Rome

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