Your English speaking Stefano Rome Tours
driver will pick you up at your accommodation at 9:00 AM
This tour offers two options:
~ 6 hour tour
without a stop for lunch.
~ 8 hour tour
with a leisurely stop for lunch in the town of Tivoli
and some free time to explore the charming town.
A drive through the Roman countryside will take you to Tivoli
, a wonderous place in the vicinity of Rome. There you will find the famous Villa De’Este
and Villa Adriana
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The enchanting Renaissance
era Villa d’Este
beckons you to spend a day enjoying its impressive symphony of countless fountains, grottoes, nymphs, carved stones and plays of water set in the heart of the magnificent Italian style garden. The structured landscape blends art and history in a most harmonious style reminiscent of the hanging gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient world.
With its concentration of unique and beautiful water features including fountains, grottoes, plays of water, nymphs and music, guests of the Cardinal were duly impressed and amazed.
The main focal point of the garden, the giant ‘Water Organ Fountain
’, flows down a huge drop into lovely, shady pools of cool water.
From 1605, Cardinal Alessandro d'Este
added his own touch not only to restore and repair the vegetation and the waterworks, but also to create new designs to the layout of the garden and to add to the decorations of the fountains.
The inside of Villa D’Este is one of the most beautiful residences of the Renaissance built by the cardinal Ippolito D’Este
in the 1550’s.
Hadrian’s Villa (Villa Adriana)
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, an elegant country retreat comprising of some 30 buildings of both sacred and secular nature constructed by Emperor Hadrian (Adriano)
in the 2nd century A.C
., is a stunning formation showcasing the remains of a once glorious imperial palace, baths, gardens, pools, theaters and libraries that take you back to the height of the Roman Empire. The Villa Adriana complex is enormous with several underground passages and tunnels. There are lakes, libraries
. With such a colossal area, it’s easy to imagine that even Hadrian himself may have needed a guide.
The emperor supervised the building of the villa himself and included architectural elements of his travels. The gardens are glorious, and although most of the sculpture was removed from the site during renaissance excavation, enough remains for visitors to appreciate the magnificence of a Roman imperial garden.
Born in 76 AD and later succeeded Trajan
as emperor, Hadrian was one of ancient Rome’s most notable figures. The story of his succession is mysterious in itself rife with secrets and legends. According to the historian Dio Cassius
, Hadrian's accession was mainly accomplished through the actions of Empress Plotina
, who kept Trajan's death a secret for several days. During this time, she sent letters to the senate informing them that Hadrian was to be the new heir. Although the letters carried the empress’ own signature, she likely used the excuse that Trajan was too ill to write. Another rumor suggests that someone had been secretly smuggled into Trajan's chamber by the empress in order to impersonate his voice.
Only after the empress was sure of Hadrian’s accession did she announce Trajan’s death.
Towards the end of his reign, Emperor Hadrian actually ruled the Roman empire from this very place. Abandoned during the decline of the Roman Empire, it was rediscovered in 15th century by Pope Pius II
who initiated excavations on the site. Although only some of the original structures still survive, you will find delightful surprises waiting at the turn of each corner.
Aside from its impressive beauty, Hadrian’s Villa is also a significant cultural and archaeological site. But due to the rapid deterioration of the ruins, Hadrian’s Villa has been placed on the World Monuments Watch “Most Endangered Sites”
list. It is quite fortunate that we are able to enjoy this once wondrous place today.
We thank you for choosing Stefano Rome Tours
for your guided tours in Rome and beyond. Wish you safe and happy travels!
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* This tour to Tivoli is not offered on Mondays
as the Villas are closed to the public.
* The price of the tour includes your own private deluxe vehicle with an English speaking driver, VAT tax, fuel, insurance, parking, and applicable toll fees. It does not include entrance fees to the villas, lunch, gratuities, or other client personal expenses.
* The total price for the tour is per vehicle, not per individual. Guests sharing this tour may split the cost of the tour among themselves.
* If you are pleased with the service of your driver, a minimum 10% gratuity is customary in Italy.
* Price of admission ticket at Villa d’Este
currently 8 Euros
per person. Tickets can be purchased upon visiting the site.
* Price of admission ticket at Hadrian Villa
is currently 8 Euros
per person. Tickets can be purchased upon visiting the site.
Please note that ticket prices are not guaranteed as they are subject to change after you book the tour. Tickets prices are at the sole discretion of the sites and monuments and may change without advance notice.
* Payment will be made in Euro funds at the end of your journey directly to your driver, or you may prepay in advance via PayPal. Please let us know when you book your tour if you wish to prepay and just enjoy yourself on the day of your tour.
* Please allow up to 24 hours for email inquiry replies and service confirmation. We have limited office hours on Sundays, please allow for additional time.
* CANCELLATION POLICY:
Don’t worry, we do not ask for your credit card information, require advance payments, or penalize you for cancellations. We operate on the honor system, so we kindly ask that cancellations be made at least 7 days in advance so we can rebook your service and your reserved driver does not lose work for that day.
Cancellations must be made via email and confirmed by us so we have it on record. We do not accept cancellations by telephone, text message, or 3rd party.
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