You will love this private excursion to visit the lovely little hill town of Tivoli. Only a 45 minute car ride will bring you to visit this ancient town that was called “Tibur” by Virgil and boasts to be older than Rome.
Here you will visit the magnificent Villa D’Este that was the villa built for the Cardinal Ippolito II D’Este, son of Alfonso I D’Este and Lucrezia Borgia and grandson of Pope Alexander VI. Cardinal Ippolito II D’Este, after the disappointment of a failed bid for the papacy, brought back to life here the splendor of the courts of Ferrara, Rome and Fontainebleau and revived the magnificence of Villa Adriana. Governor of Tivoli from 1550, he immediately nurtured the idea of realizing a garden in the hanging cliffs of the “Valle gaudente”, but it was only after 1560 that his architectural and iconographic program became clear—brainchild of the painter-architect-archeologist Pirro Ligorio and realized by court architect Alberto Galvani.
The spectacular gardens with its curious fountains - almost 400 of them - will amaze even the most worldly guest. This masterpiece of Italian Garden is included in the UNESCO world heritage list and has an impressive collection of nymphs, grottoes and fountains in the mannerist and baroque styles.
On the way up to Tivoli, time permitting, you can visit the ruins of Hadrian’s Villa. This is the largest villa ever belonging to a Roman emperor and covered an area of about 260 acres. Your driver can also make a short stop at the quarries of the Travertine marble once used by the Romans for building some of the most important monuments in Rome including the Colosseum. less >>
The proposed itineraries are only examples of possible tours. For different pick up / drop off locations or customized itineraries we invite our clients to contact one of our tour coordinators to help them design their own tour.