Day Trip to Tivoli: Private Tour of Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este

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152
7h
Availability : May-September
Rome-Tivoli
Min Age : Any age
Private tour

Active

Highlights
  • Skip the line access to Villa Adriana
  • Skip the line access to Villa d'Este
  • No waiting in line, reserved entrance
  • Private transportation to both sites
  • Private tour
  • Engaging and knowledgeable guides
  • Tour available in different languges
Tour Details

Daytrip to Tivoli: Tour of Villa Adriana & Villa d’Este

 

Set on a hilltop by the Aniene river, Tivoli has long been a refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city. From wealthy ancient Romans to noble Renaissance families, many have found themselves enchanted by this picturesque hilltop town. It’s home to not one but two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and our tour will visit them both. We’ll see the sprawling ruins of Villa Adriana, which was Emperor Hadrian’s summer residence, followed by the beautiful gardens and fountains of the 16th century Villa d’Este.

 

A home fit for an emperor

We’ll begin the tour at the archaeological complex of Villa Adriana. Built in the 2nd century AD by Hadrian, the site served as a summer retreat for the emperor who, it’s said, wasn’t keen on the existing palace on the Palatine Hill in Rome. Instead he commissioned this vast complex filled with pools, temples and gardens.

 

After walking through the Pecile – a large pool surrounded by landscaped gardens and, originally, an arcade – we explore one of the sites most breathtaking and iconic sections, the Canopus. This 120-metre-long pool is flanked by Corinthian columns and statues of Greek deities. At the far end of the pool is a temple – a Roman copy of the sanctuary of Serapis near modern-day Alexandria. As our knowledgeable guide will explain, Hadrian was a well-travelled ruler and was inspired by the architectural styles he had seen while exploring the empire.

 

The ruins of Villa Adriana are a testament to the incredible building capabilities of the ancient Romans, and nowhere is that truer than at the stunning Teatro Marittimo, or Maritime Theatre. This circular structure wasn’t a theatre for public shows but, instead, a private retreat built to Hadrian’s luxurious specifications. Surrounded by a moat, it could only be reached by the two wooden drawbridges – a signal to disturb the emperor at your own risk!

 

Lifestyles of the rich and famous

After stopping for lunch, the second part of the tour takes place at Villa d’Este, The villa was commissioned in the 16th century by Cardinal Ippolito d’Este and features a large number of religious frescoes. Be sure to ask your RomAbout guide about the cardinal’s fondness for art – he pinched a number of statues from Villa Adriana just down the road and put them in his luxurious home!

 

The most spectacular part of the villa, though, is its palatial gardens, which feature 51 mesmerizing fountains, 64 waterfalls, 220 basins and 364 water jets – all powered by gravity rather than pumps. The grand Oval Fountain was one of the first water features to be built on site but it was swiftly followed by ever more intricately designed structures, such as the Fountain of the Owl, with its mosaic covered columns, and the Fountain of Rometta, which depicts the city of Rome and its most famous monuments.

Included

  • All entrance and reservation fees
  • Licensed guide
  • Tour about 7 hours
  • Private transportation included

Not Included

  • Skip security check
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Lunch

Recommended

  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat (summertime)
  • Take a bottle of water with you

Note:

Please go through the following notes:
  • You will have 1 hour break for lunch (lunch not inclued in the price)
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Itinerary

Your tour guide will meet you under the Esquilino Obelisk in Piazza dell’ Esquilino, just behind the church Saint Mary Mayor. From there you will be picked up by your private van and will be visiting Villa Adriana first, followed by a lunch break in Tivoli and the visit to Villa d’Este, after. After the tour in Villa d’Este, you will be picked up again by the van and be taken back to Piazza dell’ Esquilino.

Sites Visited

  • Villa Adriana
  • Villa d’Este

*We can provide this tour in following languages: English, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, French, Portuguese. If you have any other language requests, let us know and we will do our best to provide you a tour in a languages that you and your family can understand the best.

Meeting Point

Where to meet us

Piazza dell’Esquilino, just next to the Esquilino Obelisk

Meeting Time

20 minutes before the tour time