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From Rome: Villa D'Este and Hadrian's Villa Tivoli Day Tour

1. From Rome: Villa D'Este and Hadrian's Villa Tivoli Day Tour

Depart Rome and transfer to Tivoli to tour 2 of Italy’s most impressive villas on this full-day tour of the Villa D'Este and Hadrian's Villa, with time to explore both magnificent country estates. Drive to Hadrian's Villa, built in the 2nd century by Emperor Hadrian, and once greater than the center of Imperial Rome. The largest and most luxurious residence ever built in Italy, it features an impressive array of imperial palaces, temples, theaters, thermal baths, and pools. After lunch, explore the grounds of the Villa D'Este and learn about the history and development of the villa, an enchanting site of the late Italian Renaissance. Once the home of Lucrezia Borgia's son, it is renowned for its spectacular gardens and trees, as well as its waterfalls and fountains. Highlights include the caryatids and columns of the Canopus and Serapeum, the pool and artificial grotto, named after an Egyptian city and temple dedicated to the god Serapis, and the Maritime Theatre, where a small Roman house was thought to have provided a retreat from the demands of court life.

Rome: Vatican and Rome Experience Pass

2. Rome: Vatican and Rome Experience Pass

Choose from many attractions, including sites such a Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill and Vatican Museums with skip-the-line entry. Take in opera shows at night, see the Sistine Chapel, travel to a fun park, or take a wine tasting and food tour. Purchase a pass for the number of attractions you want to visit - with 3, 5 and 7-choice passes available. Simply present your voucher at the centrally located Roman Forum station where your professional staff provide you with all necessary information. There's plenty to choose from to make the most of your visit to Rome. Your pass will be activated upon scanning at the first attraction, following which it remains valid for the next 90 days. Choose from the following attractions: • Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel Skip the Line Ticket• Colosseum, Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Skip the Line Ticket • Roman Forum and Palatine Hill with Super Sites • Pantheon skip the line tickets with audioguide (app) • Pantheon Guided Tour• St. Peter's Dome and Audioguide (no skip-the-line)• Navona Underground ticket and 3D experience• Trevi District Underground with audioguide• Catacombs guided tour (no transfer included)• Capitoline Museum Skip the Line Tickets • Leonardo da Vinci Experience with audioguide• The Altar of the Fatherland Elevator & Risorgimento Museum & Palazzo Venezia Skip the Line Ticket• Trajan’s Markets Skip the Line Ticket• 1 day Hop-on hop-off bus• 1-hour bike rental• 72-hour public transportation ticket• A night at the Opera (only if available)• Rome Imperial 3D show and audioguide• Caracalla Baths Skip the Line Ticket• Circo Maximo Virtual Reality Experience Reserved Entrance• Sant'Angelo Castel Skip the Line Ticket with Audioguide (app) • Palazzo Valentini Experience Skip the Line Ticket (if available) • Doria Pamphilj Gallery Reserved Entrance Ticket• Panoramic Terrace Breakfast• Panoramic Terrace Aperitif• Papal Udience + St. Peter's Guided Tour (only on Wednesday)• National Roman Museum (Palazzo Altemps, Baths of Diocletian, Palazzo Massimo) Reserved Entrance Ticket• Ara Pacis Museum• Navona, Pantheon +Trevi Fountain Walking Tour (only English) • Largo Argentina Reserved Entrance • Borghese Gallery Skip the Line • Cappuccini Cripts Reserved Entrance OUTSIDE ROME (trasportation NOT included):• A Walk in the Pontifical Villa Gardens in Castel Gandolfo• Pope Summer Residence with audioguide in Castel Gandolfo• Ancient Ostia Reserved Entrance Ticket• Tivoli Villas: Villa Adriana or Villa D’Este Reserved Entrance Ticket • Pompei Skip the Line Tickets and Audioguide

Lake Como: Shared Group or Private Boat Tour

3. Lake Como: Shared Group or Private Boat Tour

Explore Lake Como aboard the Luxurious ALFASTREET 25 with SuBacco tour: We will meet at the "Sant'Agostino" pier in "Via Lungo Lario Trieste". 3-hour SHARED TOUR starting from 170 euros per person with guaranteed departure with at least 4 people. We offer an intimate and engaging experience, with a maximum of 3 couples (6 people in total). Flexibility is required in case of time changes. Included: bottle of white wine/prosecco, water, guide with captain with information on the villas and curiosities of the lake, insurance, music, sun cream, possibility of swimming. Enjoy unique attractions and capture special moments from the perspective of the lake. Each tour can accommodate a MAXIMUM of 6 PEOPLE, ensuring an intimate and memorable experience. Book now for an unforgettable adventure on the waters of Lake Como! (No pickup, hop-on or hop-off service). Highlights of the 3-hour tour: Como, Cernobbio "Villa D'Este", Moltrasio "Versace", Laglio "George Clooney", Nesso, Brienno, Argegno, to admire the historical Comacina Island. , Villa Balbianello (film set of Star Wars and 007 James Bond) Tremezzo, Villa Cabiati, Villa Carlotta. Here we return, stopping at the Orrido di Nesso to admire the waterfall and take a nice swim. We continue arriving in Torno where we could see Villa Pliniana, Hotel Il Sereno. We reach Blevio with Villa Rocca Bruna (Hotel Mandarin Oriental), Villa Schouvaloff and Villa Troubetzkoi. We return to Como observing Villa Mirabella and finally Villa Geno and its fountain, thus arriving at the departure pier. During the Tour, the beautiful villas and main attractions that can only be reached from the lake by boat will be described in various languages (Italian, English), with the possibility of stopping to enjoy the wonderful landscape and take unique photographs from the perspective of the lake in absolute tranquility. Enjoy the luxury of the Yacht 25 Cabin Evolution Outboard by Teruzzi Design: Impeccable design, timeless elegance and planing hull define the pinnacle of luxury powerboats, offering an extraordinary sport sailing experience with exceptional performance and advanced technology. Alfastreet Marine, pioneer of boutique boats, perfectly blends tradition and innovation, creating unique boats to improve performance, stability and safety.

From Rome: Villa d'Este and Hadrian's Villa Tour with Lunch

4. From Rome: Villa d'Este and Hadrian's Villa Tour with Lunch

Travel by airconditioned bus from Rome to the Tivoli to enjoy a guided tour of the Hadrian's Villa complex and the 16th-century Villa d’Este. Savor local flavors with a local lunch that includes wine and coffee. Depart Rome and travel by bus to the lovely town of Tivoli, best known for the Renaissance Villa d'Este and the large Roman archaeological complex of Hadrian's Villa. Learn the rich history of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites from an expert guide. Step back in time as you explore the ancient Roman settlement of Tibur, where Hadrian's Villa once served as a retreat for the Roman Emperor and where he governed the Roman Empire during his last years or reign. Discover the secrets of the complex as you uncover the ruins of opulent pools, public baths, and fountains. Marvel at classical Greek architecture and the remains of stunning artwork. Have lunch at a typical Italian restaurant before moving on to Villa d’Este, which is best known for its beautiful terraces. Head to the Apartments of the Cardinal and gaze out at the spectacular view of the gardens and courtyards. Stroll among the many decorative fountains, such as the Oval Fountain and Fountain of the Dragons in the lavish grounds. Return to your meeting point by bus at the end of your tour.

From Rome: Villa D'Este & Villa Adriana Day Trip with Lunch

5. From Rome: Villa D'Este & Villa Adriana Day Trip with Lunch

Leave the hustle and bustle of Rome behind on an excursion by bus to see the opulent villas of Hadrian and d'Este. Best of all, choose between a private, a small, and a large group tour to fit your needs. Once in Tivoli, tuck into a delicious lunch at a traditional trattoria. Sit back and relax on your hour-long journey to your first stop: Hadrian's Villa. Built in 120 CE and covering 500 hectares, the former Roman emperor's villa features the Imperial Palaces, the Pecile, the Grand Thermal Baths, and more — all of which you'll visit. Then, stop for a lunch break in Tivoli's historical center, relaxing and enjoying the local town before making your way to your last stop. After your delicious lunch, make your way to Villa d'Este, the villa of Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este, where construction began in 1650. This UNESCO World Heritage Site features 400 ornate water features and a breathtaking Renaissance Garden. Finally, head back to Rome filled with new knowledge and wonderful memories.

Tivoli: Villa Gregoriana Entrance Ticket

6. Tivoli: Villa Gregoriana Entrance Ticket

Watch nature, history, and archaeology merge at the 19th-century Villa Gregoriana Park in Tivoli. Book your tickets in advance and get lost in winding trails, surrounded by 74 tree species and interesting relics of the city's past eras. Gaze at the Great Waterfall and the Grottoes of Neptune. Step into the beautiful park, commissioned by Pope Gregory XVI, and discover the impressive work of hydraulic engineering that took place to contain the River Aniene. Witness how the stream was masterfully deviated, forming the imposing 120-meter Great Waterfall. Immerse yourself in lush greenery as you stroll through the trails at your own pace and admire a variety of flowers and intricate vines. Come across the remains of the Villa of the Roman Consul Manlius Vopiscus and the Temple of Vesta. Make sure to stop by the Grottoes of Neptune under the temple.

Rome: Tivoli Day Trip with Villa d'Este and Villa Adriana

7. Rome: Tivoli Day Trip with Villa d'Este and Villa Adriana

Discover the glorious villas of Tivoli that date back to the times of the Romans and the Renaissance on a half-day trip from Rome. Choose from a tour with or without hotel pickup and ride in an air-conditioned coach.  Transfer in a comfortable and spacious coach from Rome to the little town of Tivoli just a few kilometers from the city center. Discover a splendid natural environment on the scenic drive. Stop at the remarkable architectural complex of the Villa Adriana. Explore this villa that was built in the 2nd century AD by the Emperor Hadrian. Marvel at its different architectural styles, with influences from Egypt, Rome, and Athens. Learn how it was designed as an "ideal city," and explore some of its symbols. Head to the Renaissance-style Villa d’Este to uncover its spectacular terraced garden. Enjoy the beauty of its cascades, water tanks, and fountains. Admire a masterpiece of Italian landscape gardening.  Stroll thorugh its numerous nymphs, grottoes and fountains that were inspired by the Gardens of Babylon. Return to your meeting point in Rome by coach at the end of your tour. 

From Rome: Roundtrip Tivoli Transfer with Entry Tickets

8. From Rome: Roundtrip Tivoli Transfer with Entry Tickets

Unravel the hidden wonders and enthralling histories of Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este in Tivoli with roundtrip transfers from Rome and included entry tickets. Delve into the archaeological remnants of ancient temples, sculptures, and pools to gain insights into the rich past. Head to the meeting point in Rome, then travel east to Tivoli by bus. Upon arrival, prepare to witness the splendor of the UNESCO-listed Hadrian’s Villa, once the favored retreat of Emperor Hadrian. Encounter beautifully preserved artifacts and ruins that echo tales of a bygone era. After exploring Hadrain’s Villa, get some time for a tranquil and unhurried lunch break, at your own expense. Then, continue to the second UNESCO World Heritage Site on this transfer service: Villa d’Este. There, enter the realm of the Renaissance as you wander through the expansive grounds, marvel at the opulent gardens, and admire the intricate fountains. Behold Bernini’s renowned Fountain of Neptune as you immerse yourself in the elegance of this historical masterpiece before returning to Rome.

Rome: Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica Guided Tour

9. Rome: Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica Guided Tour

Join a walking tour of the Basilica Papale di Santa Maria Maggiore, located on Esquiline Hill. Discover the secrets of this impressive monument, one of the four papal basilicas in Rome. The Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore was built on the site where the Virgin Mary appeared in a dream of pope Liberius. This is also where a blanket of snow appeared on the hill in the middle of summer. Find out how the locals commemorate this miracle every year with white flower petals. See the 14th-century bell tower, the highest bell tower in Rome standing tall at 75 meters. It is said that there are pieces of wood from Jesus' crib underneath the altar (Sacra Culla). Visit the patriarchal basilica, which contains the funerary monuments of Pope Clement IX, Paul V, and Nicolas IV. Discover a number of other famous Catholics who are buried here as well, including saint Jerome and the artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

From Rome: Hadrian's Villa & Villa d'Este Day Trip & Lunch

10. From Rome: Hadrian's Villa & Villa d'Este Day Trip & Lunch

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este on a day trip from Rome with lunch included. Meet your guide in Rome, board a comfortable air-conditioned bus or minivan for smaller groups, and proceed to Hadrian’s Villa for a guided walking tour. Step back in time as you explore the archaeological ruins of Hadrian’s Villa and the complex of temples, statues, theaters, and thermal baths. Learn how it was built as a retreat from Rome for the Roman Emperor Hadrian during the 2nd century A.D. Then, hop back on the bus to head to a spot near Villa d’Este for lunch. Visit a typical restaurant to enjoy a delicious local lunch. After the lunch break, learn about the intriguing history of the Renaissance at romantic Villa d’Este, a former Benedictine convent. Walk with your guide through the villa’s stunning gardens, marvel at its impressive waterfalls and pools, and see the famous Fountain of Neptune. At the end of the day, take the bus back to Rome to the original departure point.

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4.5
(741 reviews)

Extremely interesting tour, our guide Joseph was local to Tivoli and knew several very relevant pieces of information. The Villa d'Este is obviously in better condition than the Villa d'Este, because it is more recent, but it is very interesting to visit both because there is an architectural evolution at the Villa d'Este which allows you to imagine what Hadrian's villa might have looked like during its occupation

The Villa Adriana was just beautiful as was ( to be expected) the Villa d'Este and Tivoli gardens- the guide was keen we got the best experience and provided plenty of information and helpful tips about Tivoli. Time constraints mean you only see a portion of the Villa Adriana. I bet you coukd spend at keast a couple more hors there but overall, this trip is recomnended and well organised.

Well organised, impeccable punctuality, a small mix-up due to the lack of a microphone for a short stretch, which was recovered shortly after the start. I recommend it

Wonderful! On time, the meeting place was super quiet. We just had bad luck that on the day they were cleaning the fountains and they weren't turned on :(

The villa and the gardens are very beautiful. And the fountains are amazing.