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HADRIAN’S VILLA, VILLA D’ESTE AND TIVOLI

Full Day Tour

“This tour is an amazing journey through our deep history from the Ancient times to the Renaissance” 

You start your private full day trip from your accommodation with the driver and guide. You will reach the Villa which is located about 20 km from your hotel.

First stop here is Hadrian’s Villa (Villa Adriana), the former holiday home of Emperor Hadrian, it was built in the 2nd century AD. More similar to a small village than a home in today’s sense of the word!

Hadrian's Villa was a complex of over 30 buildings, covering an area of at least 1 square kilometer (c. 250 acres) of which much is still unexcavated. The villa was the greatest Roman example of an Alexandrian garden, recreating a sacred landscape. The complex included palaces, several thermae, theatre, temples, libraries, state rooms, and quarters for courtiers, praetorians, and slaves.

After your tour of Hadrian’s Villa, return to your car and travel to a beautiful restaurant with a wonderful view of Tivoli.

After lunch your tour will continue to the magnificent Villa D’Este, built in the heart of the Renaissance, around 1550, for the will of the Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este, Tivoli’s governor!

Walk around the Villa with your guide, taking in the gardens and posing for photos in front of Bernini-designed fountains while learning about the Cardinal and his lavish life in the villa. The Villa d'Este's fame, however, is due more to its gardens than to the building itself. This most famous of Italian-style gardens, which has been  imitated, reverberates with the sound of so many fountains that it inspired the Romantic composer Franz Liszt to write a piano suite called "Fountains of the Villa d'Este".

After the visit of the Villa you will take a nice walk in the little and ancient town Tivoli. The city offers a wide view over the Roman Campagna. Tivoli's quarries produce travertine, a particular white calcium-carbonate rock used in building most Roman monuments. The water power of the falls supplies some of the electricity that lights Rome.

The slopes of the neighboring hills are covered with olives, vineyards and gardens.

Return to your hotel.

Lunch is not included in the package

  • Meeting-point: your hotel
  • Duration: 7 hours 
  • Guide fee: depending on period

Entrance fee - Villa D’Este and Hadrian’s Villa: pay on spot

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