One Day in Tivoli (Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este)
Be the Emperor’s and Cardinal’s guest for a day
Flexible Start time. Please, select a date to see availability
Meeting Point at Your Hotel (Details at Booking)
Operating Days Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun (not on Monday and the First Sunday of every Month)
Tour doesn’t run on Monday and on the First Sunday of every Month
Language English (contact us for other languages)
Short Tour Description
This tour offers the incredible opportunity to visit two UNESCO World Heritage Sites just in one day, the Imperial Hadrian’s villa and the amazing 16th-century Villa d’Este and its outstanding gardens and fountains. Tivoli is a small town just about 30 kilometers (19 miles) north-east of Rome perched on a hill and surrounded by the roman countryside with breathtaking views over rome the surrounding areas.
Roman Emperor Hadrian, during the first half of the 2nd century AD, decided to construct a villa as a place to relax from everyday life, he chose Tibur (Tivoli) countryside for its landscape and great abundance of water to built it. Visiting Villa Adriana is an unique chance to get in depth into roman emperors life and know more about their power, the luxurious way of living and their peculiar vices. The villa was once inhabited by the Emperor, its family, its court and thousands of slaves and workers just to fulfill every need of the Emperor.
After a delicious launch at a local restaurant, located in a unique venue we continue the tour visiting villa d’Este, one of the best preserved renaissance’s mansions. Starting from the 16th-century it was a sample for many Kings, Emperors and nobles houses around the world and even nowadays architects take inspiration from its beauties to create new luxury residences.
The Villa was commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este, son of the Duke of Ferrara and grandson of Alexander VI Borgia, the scandalous Pope. During the visit you have the chance to appreciate the frescoed rooms, former Cardinal Ippolito’s personal apartments, painted by the most famous artists of the italian renaissance. Once outside the palace enjoy the gardens and its extraordinary 51 fountains and nymphaeums, 398 spouts, 364 water jets, 64 waterfalls and 220 basins fed by 875 meters of canals, channels and cascades, entirely working by the force of gravity.