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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

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.
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by Tivoli Day Trip from Rome: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este.
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by Tivoli Day Trip from Rome: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este.
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by Tivoli Day Trip from Rome: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este.
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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
See all safety measures taken by Tivoli Day Trip from Rome: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este.
Q:
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.

See all safety measures taken by Tivoli Day Trip from Rome: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este.

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  • "Bring your walking shoes and the hill up to Hadrian's Villa is not for the faint of heart." See review
  • "Bring your walking shoes and the hill up to Hadrian's Villa is not for the faint of heart." See review
  • "Try to take the trip on the weekend as you have no traffic." See review

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star-3
Good option to go to Villa Hadriana
Mi_Z
, Oct 2020
Good tour, really liked the villa Hadriana, but found the visit of villa d'Este a bit rushed. some seats in the car did not have seatbelt either which is not ideal
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10 out of 10
wasim_a
, Sep 2020
Amazing service , small group felt like the whole villa was opened for us , our guide was truly warm experienced and knew history inside and out .
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Greenhalf family day trip to Tivoli
Edward_G
, Aug 2020
The guide Joseph was very informative for the whole visit (he had a good knowledge of the sites with illustrations) and made sure we did not miss out on any special attractions. He also kept to a fairly tight schedule which enabled us to spend a lot of time later in Tivoli gardens and he gave us enough time to take our own photos. The lunch was also fairly good. We would recommend the visit to anyone as there is a lot to see in a short time. Pick up was organised well and we arrived back in Rome in good time to do some shopping.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Dear Customer, Thanks for spending your time for the feedback. We are very happy you enjoyed the day trip to Tivoli, both for our interesting guide and for the well organization. We really hope to see you again for your next tour in Rome. Best regards
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star-5
Great Day Tour!
Ray_D
, Jul 2020
We thoroughly enjoyed our day trip to Tivoli. Our guide was excellent and very informative at Hadrian's Villa as well as at Villa D'Este. Both places were beautiful in their own individual ways and we enjoyed each place we toured. Would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see something outside of the Rome area.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Dear Customer, Thanks for your beautiful review and for the recommendation! We really hope to see you again for your next trip to Rome. Best regards
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star-4
Beautiful sites
Christina_C
, Mar 2020
Our guide Joseph was amazing - very knowledgeable and helpful. Both sites were beautiful. The only thing I wish was clearer was lunch - we ended up owing money because it wasn’t clear what was the included lunch and what wasn’t.
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Tivoli is a must see.
David_S
, Feb 2020
Our tour was terrific although we were disappointed that it was cut a bit short because of carnival. No ones fault, just disappointing. The food was also a bit of a letdown. Just a poor choice of options on the included lunch. We really did not enjoy it which is surprising given we love the food in Italy. Our guide, Joseph, was excellent. He was very warm and friendly, knew his stuff, answered all questions and kept a eye on us. These are exactly what we expect in a guide and Joseph met those expectations.
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star-5
An awesome day in Tivoli
hytlee
, Feb 2020
Visiting the villas in Tivoli is awesome! I am lucky enough that I visited Tivoli on a sunny day, and there were only a few visitors around. These two villas are the must-go in Italy. Besides, the guide Giuseppe is knowledgeable, providing adequate background of the history and development of the villas. He is also nice and caring. The tour was provided with sufficient time to hang around in the villa. This is an enjoyable experience.
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A Beautiful Day in Tivoli
jfasolino
, Feb 2020
We had a wonderful tour guide named Joseph. He was very knowledgeable and his English was good. I would have given the tour 5 stars but we had to take the metro to the end of the line to get the van. The tour said transportation to and from central Rome. Although the tour was great,, that was disappointing.
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star-5
Our guide was great.
erguenther
, Feb 2020
Both the Tivoli Gardens and Hadrian’s villa were of course inspiring but in truth it was the guide that brought it all together. She could not have been more knowledgeable or more engaged. It was her enthusiasm and all of the site that made it a really wonderful experience to be there.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear erguenther, Thank you for your review. We are so pleased that you had such a great experience at Tivoli, and that your guide was such an asset to your visit. We hope to see you again in the future! Best regards, Customer Services
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A great trip with Giovanni
williamhrosenberg
, Jan 2020
Your guide Giovanni was excellent. He was well informed but not pedantic or boring. He was able to answer all questions and explain the history and the relationship between Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este. He was also helpful with our mundane questions about matters like what to eat for lunch. Thanks to a Giovanni for a great experience.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Dear williamhrosenberg, Thank you very much for your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed discovering Tivoli with Giovanni. We hope to see you on another tour in the future! Best regards, Customer Services
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