Rome: Day Tour of Villa D'Este & Hadrian's Villa Tivoli

Rome: Day Tour of Villa D'Este & Hadrian's Villa Tivoli

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Marvel at the opulence of Hadrian's Villa and the gardens of Villa D'Este in Tivoli on a 7-hour tour from Rome. Stroll the gardens of the Borgias, and see the imperial palaces of Emperor Hadrian to discover 2 of the finest Renaissance residences in Italy.

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Duration 7 hours
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English, Italian
Private or small groups available


5 hours
  • Rome

  • 1 hour
  • Hadrian's Villa (guided tour)

  • Lunch

  • Villa d'Este (guided tour)

  • 1 hour
  • Rome

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  • Visit 2 of the finest Renaissance villas on the outskirts of Rome
  • Stroll the Italianate gardens of Villa d'Este
  • Explore Hadrian's Villa, once considered more important than imperial Rome itself
  • Admire the caryatids and columns of the Canopus and Serapeum
Full description
Depart Rome and transfer to Tivoli to tour 2 of Italy’s most impressive villas on this full-day tour of the Villa D'Este and Hadrian's Villa, with time to explore both magnificent country estates. Drive to Hadrian's Villa, built in the 2nd century by Emperor Hadrian, and once greater than the center of Imperial Rome. The largest and most luxurious residence ever built in Italy, it features an impressive array of imperial palaces, temples, theaters, thermal baths and pools. After lunch, explore the grounds of the Villa D'Este, your guide will tell you about the history and development of the villa, considered one of the most enchanting sites of the late Italian Renaissance. Once the home of Lucrezia Borgia's son, it is renowned for its spectacular gardens and trees, as well as its waterfalls and fountains, such as the Fontana dell'Ovato and Le Cento Fontane (The Hundred Fountains). Highlights of the grounds include the caryatids and columns of the Canopus and Serapeum, the villa's pool and artificial grotto, named after an Egyptian city and temple dedicated to the god Serapis, and the Maritime Theatre, where a small Roman house was thought to have provided retreat from the demands of court life.
  • Bus transfer to and from the Villas
  • Admission fees
  • Expert tour guide
  • Group of 32 maximum
  • Headsets
  • Pick-up and drop off
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities (optional)
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • All participants who are over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 15 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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    4.7 /5

    based on 688 reviews

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    We booked this tour for small group, at last we were a group of only five persons so it felt like a private tour. Transportation was perfect and comfortable, the ride took less than an hour to get ti Tivoli. Our guide was waiting for us already at the site of Hadrian'd Villa. He was well prepared and had lots of background informations and anecdotes about both Hadrian's Villa and Villa D'Este. By the way, the gardens of Villa D'Este is a MUST to see ! We have never seen such beauty embedded in a beautiful landscape. Perfect day trip, ever in Rome I would do it anytime again.

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    June 15, 2021

    We had a fantastic day with our guide who lived locally to Tivoli. He was so knowledgeable and fun. Unfortunately the fountains at Villa d’este were not working due to heavy rainfall but absolutely not due to tour operator. Had a lovely lunch in recommended restaurants and our party all enjoyed each other’s company.

    March 11, 2020

    All technical equipment worked well. Bus was comfortable. Guide Joseph was very informative and helpful. Loved Hadrian’s Villa and really loved Villa d’ Este. The fountains were incredible! Joseph explained the history of what we were seeing and helped us to enjoy the town of Tivoli too. Well worth the day trip, and barely 45 minutes there and back. No negatives, but here are some notes for your planning: You will leave wanting more time to explore on your own in both locations. I felt maybe a bit too much time in the city. The restaurant Joseph recommends is expensive for lunch (but good food!). Many less expensive spots in a three block radius. Lots of walking stairs and hills. I loved it, but not everyone does.

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    October 31, 2019

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