Explore ruins that pre-date the Colosseum on a 5-hour tour of Hadrian’s Villa. Then, wander the gardens of Villa d'Este, a Renaissance retreat for the Cardinals of Rome in the classical hill town of Tivoli. Enjoy panoramic views over the Roman Campagna.
What to Expect
Escape the hustle and bustle of Rome on a half-day tour to the Roman Campagna and hillside town of Tivoli, site of Hadrian’s Villa and the stunning Renaissance palace and gardens of Villa d’Este.
A local English-speaking guide will explain the archaeological complex of Hadrian’s Villa (Villa Adriana), from its construction in the 2nd century AD to its fall into partial ruin at the end of the Roman Republic.
Constructed as a retreat for the emperors of Rome, the complex featured over 30 buildings, including palaces, thermal baths, a theater, temples, libraries, state rooms, and quarters for praetorians and slaves. What remains provides a fascinating look at life in Ancient Rome.
Then, continue to the Renaissance Villa d'Este. Originally built as a Benedictine convent, the villa was converted into the Governor's Palace in the 13th century. Cardinal Ippolito d'Este, son of Lucretia Borgia and grandson of Pope Alexander VI, was elected governor in 1550, and began renovations to create a site that befitted his aspirations to the papacy.
Wander the artistic gardens, nourished by the jets of more than 500 fountains, water troughs, and pools. Get panoramic views from balustraded balconies, and marvel at the well kept façade, bas reliefs, and grottoes of the villa’s buildings.
- Transportation by car or minivan
- Local English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees
What's Not Included
- Food and drinks
Know Before You Go
Please note that this tour involves a considerable amount of walking and stairs so it is recommended to wear appropriate footwear.