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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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Air-conditioned vehicle
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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
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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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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.

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  • "Try to take the trip on the weekend as you have no traffic." See review
  • "This Tivoli Day Trip to see Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este is a must!" See review
  • "Be prepared to do a lot of walking on uneven surfaces." See review

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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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A must see villa
Roy_G
, Jul 2021
The fountains were amazing. Joseph our guide was very informative. The trip was well planned and at a good pace.
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Excellent guide, beautiful spots, needs some tweaking
Jennifer_W
, Jul 2021
The guide, Hadrian’s and Tivole were wonderful. The driver was lovely and very sAfe. The included lunch was tasty, but the restaurant did not say what we were eating and one man was very allergic to mushrooms. If they had just said, here is tagliatelle con porcini” he would have known. I am sorry but I would give the lunch no stars. They seemed very unhappy to have us there. Also, maybe the guide could have helped translate lunch issues because some of our group spoke no italian. The restaurant was not good about saying what we were eating. Also there was one of the angriest ladies I have ever seen on our tour from Milan with her daughter. She thought she had booked an Italian only tour and spent the entire day yelling in Italian about how angry she was. I speak Italian and was understanding what she said. Our sweet guide tried to make it ok, but it was very uncomfortable. Luckily the others in my group could not understand her. I understand her frustration, but it was ugly. Tour organizers should probably clarify tour language and fix issues with lunch restaurant as the allergic gentleman did not have his epi pen with him. It could have been avoided with some basic paper menus in English or someone to introduce the lunch dishes. Also, pick up spot for tour is ridiculously hard to find. Easy fixes Viator!!!
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Avoid This Tour !!!! Terrible Experience !!!
Ayesha_A
, Jul 2021
I could not find the starting point of the tour, despite searching a lot. There was no telephone number I could call and ask the tour guide, which was very, very frustrating!!! The biggest issue was that they did not set a certain meeting point, like in front of ABC Cafe or XYZ Bank. The location was the exit of a metro station and I searched for the starting point at that set metro station for more than 30 minutes but was unable to find anyone or get in touch. As a result, I missed the tour and lost my 83 Euros. I would definitely not recommend this tour!!!! If you do not want to waste your hard earned money, avoid this tour!!!!
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Tivoli Tour
Kerri
, Jun 2021
Joseph, our guide, was wonderful. He was full of knowledge about each villa and the town of Tivoli. There were nuances about each villa that we would not have understood without Joseph. Would prefer to have a little more time to explore Villa d’Este fountains/gardens rather than shopping. Lunch was included in our tour and it was delicious.
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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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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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