This half-day or full-day tour will take you to the outskirts of Rome to visit the lovely hill town of Tivoli and the Villa D’Este or Tivoli and Hadrian’s Villa. If you would like to enjoy all the sites in this area we can provide a full-day tour. Tivoli the classical Tibur, is an ancient Italian town in Lazio, about 30 km east-north-east of Rome, at the falls of the Aniene river where it issues from the Sabine hills. The city offers a wide view over the Roman countryside and is especially nice in the summer when the city of Rome becomes quite warm.
The Villa d'Este is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site and is an excellent example of Renaissance architecture and the Italian Renaissance garden. The villa was commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este, son of Alfonso I d'Este and Lucrezia Borgia and grandson of Pope Alexander VI. The magnificent gardens are laid out on a central axis with subsidiary cross-axes, refreshed by some five hundred jets in fountains, pools and water troughs. The water is supplied by the Aniene, which is partly diverted through the town, a distance of a kilometer, and by the Rivellese spring, which supplies a cistern under the villa's courtyard. The garden is now part of the Grandi Giardini Italiani.
Hadrian's Villa (Villa Adriana in Italian) is a large Roman archaeological complex near Tivoli. The villa was constructed at Tibur (modern-day Tivoli) as a retreat from Rome for Roman Emperor Hadrian during the second and third decades of the 2nd century AD. Hadrian was said to dislike the palace on the Palatine Hill in Rome, leading to the construction of the retreat. During the later years of his reign, he actually governed the empire from the villa. A large court therefore lived there permanently. The postal service kept it in contact with Rome 18 miles (29 km) away.
After Hadrian, the villa was used by his various successors. During the decline of the Roman Empire the villa fell into disuse and was partially ruined. In the 16th century Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este had much of the marble and statues in Hadrian's villa removed to decorate his own Villa d'Este located nearby.
Entrance fee for the Villa D’Este - Euro 8.00
Entrance fee for Hadrian’s Villa - Euro 8.00 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.