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Our Tivoli Villas Tour from Rome offers you the unique opportunity to visit and compare two very splendid villas from two different ages: Villa Adriana (Hadrian's Villa) and Villa d'Este.
Both Tivoli Villas are rightfully listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
* Tour is NOT offered on MONDAYS as Villa d'Este is CLOSED on Mondays.
** DATES on the Booking Form Calendar that are NOT Selectable, are NOT AVAILABLE.
A drive through the Roman countryside will take you to Tivoli, a wondrous place in the vicinity of Rome. There you will find the famous Villa D’Este and Villa Adriana.
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), an elegant country retreat comprising some 30 buildings of both sacred and secular nature constructed by Emperor Hadrian (Adriano) in the 2nd century A.C.
This imperial retreat 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 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 booking our Tivoli Villas tour, and for choosing Stefano Rome Tours for your guided tours in Rome and beyond. Wish you safe and happy travels!
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Payment for this Tivoli Villas Tour can be made in Euro funds at the end of your journey directly to your driver, or you may prepay in advance via PayPal or Credit Card online when you Confirm your Tour.
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. We thank you for your cooperation and consideration.
** PREPAID SERVICES can only be Refunded the Net Rate we receive from your prepayment. Net Rate is the actual service price minus the fees retained by PayPal/Credit Card that are not reimbursed to us in case of refunds. We can only refund the portion we receive from the PayPal/CC company.
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* VILLA D'ESTE Ticket Prices are currently 10 Euros per person. Tickets can be purchased upon visiting the site.
* HADRIAN'S VILLA Ticket Prices are currently 10 Euros per person. Tickets can be purchased upon visiting the site.
** Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.
* This Tivoli Villas tour provides an English-speaking Driver who is NOT a licensed tour guide.
Italy laws permit only licensed tour guides to accompany guests to sightsee on foot away from the vehicle. To be compliant with Italy laws, your driver cannot lawfully guide you into the sites, and will be obliged to remain with the vehicle while you SELF TOUR away from the vehicle.
Licensed Tour Guide can be booked upon request for an informative private walking tour of Hadrian's Villa at ADDITIONAL Tour Guide Fee. Tour Guides are paid separately at the end of their tour as they don't work for us. Please inquire within about private guided tours and fees.
For hotel pick-ups, your driver will meet you inside your hotel lobby, or area permitted by your hotel.
For Apartments or B&B’s without a lobby, your driver will meet you at your address outside the main entrance.
* If your hotel / accommodation is situated on a street or in an area restricted to vehicle traffic, your driver will park the vehicle as close as lawfully possible and will meet you on foot at your Address. From there, your driver will accompany you to your parked vehicle. Door to Door service may not be possible on streets or areas restricted to traffic or stops.
Reviews from our Customers
Sylvester our driver was wonderful and went out of his way to make our trip to Tivoli memorable. He was most helpful, especially when hearing that my great uncle who was killed in 1944, was buried in the Commonwealth war graves cemetery, and that we had gone there the day before but it was closed, which made us quite sad, and this day of the tour was our last day in Rome. He was able to take us there on the way back to our hotel so we could visit the grave. We were very grateful. Please thank him for us again
We were treated like royalty with the drivers that work for your company. Their pride and loyalty to you and the company says a lot and so I believe there can be no other company that can compete with yours. The drivers were most kind and helpful with my walker - and in the Tours of Rome and then the Hadrian's Villa/Tivoli day with Caesar, he was superb in getting us close to the sites and being immediately available when we were ready to leave the site.