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Tivoli Day Trip from Rome: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este

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Tivoli Day Trip from Rome: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este

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Overview

Visit the historic vacation homes of the Roman elite on a Rome to Tivoli day trip. The full-day guided excursion includes tours of Tivoli’s two UNESCO-listed sites: Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este. Hear Renaissance and Ancient Roman history and scandal, admire archaeological ruins and explore some of Italy’s most extravagant private gardens.
  • Learn intriguing Renaissance history on a guided walking tour of two villas east of Rome
  • Explore the archaeological ruins of Hadrian's Villa, former home to 2nd-century Emperor Hadrian
  • Admire the stunning gardens of Villa d'Este and see the famous Fountain of Neptune
  • Transport from Rome to Tivoli by air-conditioned coach
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Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Via Cavour, 224, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

The meeting point is at the bus stop at Via Cavour 224. The nearest metro station: “Cavour” (Line B). Directions: Meeting point: Via Cavour 224 at the bus stop – nearest metro station: “Cavour” B LINE. Please remember to show up 20 minutes before the tour departure time. Dates: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday Return point: Returns to original departure point

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Travel from Rome to Tivoli by air-conditioned coach to start your day trip. As you travel, listen to your guide’s commentary about Tivoli, a historic town in the Monti Tiburtini hills. A prestigious vacation spot in the days of Ancient Rome, the town is now popular for its two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este.

Your first stop in Tivoli is at Hadrian’s Villa for a walking tour. Hear how the villa belonged to Emperor Hadrian who desired an unassuming vacation home as a tribute to his lover. By modern standards, his ‘humble abode’ could be considered a town in its own right.

The ruins of the emperor’s impressive estate consist of more than 30 buildings, and you’ll see the highlights as you explore. Discover the complex ruins of the old imperial palace as well as thermal baths, temples, libraries and subterranean passages that are wide enough for vehicles.

Enjoy lunch at your own expense, and then continue to Villa d'Este: explore the former Benedictine convent, and see why many consider the villa to be one of the finest of the Renaissance era.

As you explore, hear how Villa d’Este was built as an opulent abode for the son of Lucretia Borgia, a 15th-century duchess who attracted drama and gossip wherever she went. Make your way past the Fountain of Neptune, and wander through the gardens to see waterfalls, fountains and centenary trees.

Leave Villa d’Este after your tour, and then relax on your journey back to Rome.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Villa Adriana
This enchanting day trip from Rome begins with a 40-minute bus ride to Hadrian’s Villa. The vastness of Hadrian’s estate is a sight that will surely impress. The Emperor chose to build his residence outside the city in a place rich in water, in order to build the famous Canopus, one of the most preserved sites left in the complex. The statues surrounding this pool of water create stunning reflections on its surface, beautifully surrounded by luscious green gardens
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Villa Adriana
A short bus ride brings you to Tivoli town center – where you will have time to explore and enjoy lunch before the next walking tour
Stop At:  
Villa d'Este
We will leave the alluring ruins of the 2nd century A.D. far behind as we travel on to the 14th century to our second destination, Villa d’Este - one of the most beautiful Renaissance villas in Italy. This splendid palace, with its extraordinary gardens filled with hundreds of fountains, will leave you feeling captivated. Bernini’s monumental Neptune’s Fountain is considered the most impressive, its water jets reaching a height of 10 meters. Not to say that the Central Fountain and the Oval Fountain won’t leave you equally in awe
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Luggage storage NOT available
  • Please note: Stairs at both villas are quite steep and a moderate amount of walking is involved
  • This tour is not recommended to people with disabilities
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Nicom Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Tivoli Day Trip from Rome: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Tivoli Day Trip from Rome: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Tivoli Day Trip from Rome: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Tivoli Day Trip from Rome: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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What is the maximum group size during Tivoli Day Trip from Rome: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 32 travelers.

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Heusch_J
, Sep 2021
The tour was well organized and safe . Driver and guide ( tour operator) were compétent but the pace of the tour was too fast ( speedy) and there was not enough time especially in Villa d’Este. Lunch was ordinary and not balanced
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Great day in Tivoli!
Gia-C
, Sep 2021
This tour was such a wonderful tour and a relaxing way to get outside of the Rome heat. We really enjoyed our guide Giusseppe. He was nit just a guide but “The Guide”! He was very knowledgeable about Tivoli and we enjoyed his lunch recommendations. The only tip I would have for this tour is to give about 15 more minutes to explore the gardens at Villa de Este. Otherwise it was a very enjoyable day!
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Great guide, amazing scenery.
Nikolaos_T
, Aug 2021
Our guide was a perfect Italian man that gave us the best experience we could have. He is from Tivoli, so he knew where to take us and what to tell us. His voice was soothing and his story telling was on point. Overall it was a nice guided tour, although a rainfall started, which was saddening because the fountains in Villa d'Este were shut down. That was somewhat dissapointing because that's one of the main reasons we payed for this tour and we didn't get to see it. Nevertheless I recommend this, somewhat pricy, tour.
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star-5
lovely day trip, if you're questioning if it's worth it, it is :)
KMo
, Aug 2021
Giuseppe was our guide, and he was absolutely lovely. The pace of the tour was great, we were able to learn, take heaps of photos, and have a nice lunch. If you're looking to save money you could probably skip the added lunch, but we enjoyed it (bread w/ olive oil to start, spaghetti w/ mushrooms+tomato sauce for the primi, slice of meat+fries for the secondi, and frozen italian ice for dessert). All and all, we'd do it again!
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star-5
Excellent tour to see Hadrians Villa and Villa de Este
bonnie_b
, Aug 2021
Joseph was informative, accommodating and professional. I liked his book where he showed what the ruins may have looked like in ancient times. His tour was well-paced.
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Giuseppe 2 thumbs up!
vmunguia
, Aug 2021
Giuseppe was an amazing and attentive English speaking tour guide. As a Tívoli native he had much knowledge of history, restaurants and shopping. We purchased the tour with lunch and I do not recommend that. Save your money, grab your own bite and see more of the town. The food was mediocre and overpriced.
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A must see in Rome
SC_W
, Jul 2021
Villa d'Este is amazing, the most beautiful garden we have ever seen. This is a MUST if you visit Rome. Our tour guide Giuseppe (Joseph) is great.
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Loved Tivoli!
Delia_L
, Jul 2021
Our guide Claudia was excellent-very knowledgeable! We LOVED the gardens & fountains!! And the village of Tivoli was a wonderful surprise.
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Fantastico
Joseph
, Jul 2021
Great trip hilighting two amazing sites just outside of Rome. Guide will show you a decent restaurant for lunch. Thanks Giuseppe!
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Excellent Tour
Traveler
, Jul 2021
Wonderful tour! We were very lucky, with tourism way down in Rome there were only 5 people on the tour, it was like a personal tour with Giuseppe. He is an excellent tour guide, patient, took the time to make sure we were happy with the tour all along the way. Of course, he is well versed in the history and answered all of our questions during the tour. Two points: 1. Very easy to find the meeting place, the number 224 is posted on the building (higher up than you might expect) 2. We did not include the lunch. While we found the selected restaurant to be fine, but we like to do our own thing for lunch, typically a small meal. That said, the lunch that they provided was "large", actually too much for us to have for lunch. One couple did include the lunch, and it seemed like a typical Italian multi course meal. Overall, excellent day with a knowledgeable guide.
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