Tivoli - Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este, Castel Gandolfo

Rome and Surroundings Tours

Tivoli, Hadrian's Villa, Villa d'Este and Castel Gandolfo

tour description

YOUR PERSONALIZED GUIDED DAY TRIP FROM ROME TO SOME CORNERS OF PARADISE: Tivoli, Hadrian's Villa, Villa d'Este and Castel Gandolfo Tour.

YOUR FULL DAY TRIP FROM ROME AMONG IMPERIAL VILLAS, POPES AND EMPERORS RESIDENCES:

A suggestive day trip from Rome with sightseeing in Tivoli, Hadrian's Villa, Villa d'Este and Castel Gandolfo, in a private or shared tour.

Being so close to Rome made Tivoli in the ancient times the ideal place to build sumptuous villas that in the Renaissance became true art manifestations.

Emperor Hadrian got the most remarkable and the biggest of the Imperial Villas built here, at the foot of Tivoli: Hadrian's Villa, the grandness of which tops even Pompeii.

Hadrian immersed in a lush nature countless artworks. Deprived of so many sculptures, statues, mosaics that are today scattered all over the world (Vatican Museums, Musee Du Louvre, British Museum, Berlin etc.), what we can still admire is an immense park of walkways and ponds, baths, theaters, libraries, apartments and temples, are still impressing the visitors with their striking grandeur.

It was no less Cardinal Ippolito d'Este (son of Lucrezia Borgia) who, after being appointed Tivoli Governor for life, transformed his new residence, a Benedictine monastery, in what became one of the most beautiful Roman villas, openly competing with the Hadrian's Villa: Villa d' Este. Developed on several levels, through hallways and decorated rooms, it is the access to the huge park, a true masterpiece which at the time was inspiration for the whole of Europe. Here your eye will be lost among countless fountains, each with a theme and each more beautiful than the other. Your guided tour continues through waterfalls and pools, avenues of oaks and cypress trees, fountains and waterworks that produce sounds and a spectacular view overlooking Rome in the distance.

Emperor Hadrian and Ippolito D'Este's delusions of grandeur leave us today an extraordinary patrimony, which is inevitably a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The extraordinary beauty of the Villas in a park-like setting makes this day trip from Rome a very suitable tour for children.

Admittance fees for each Villa is 8€ per person.

Your day trip continues:

No more than 25 km separate Rome from the magnificent summer residence of the Popes in Castel Gandolfo: perched on the edge of a crater in the Castelli Romani, every summer it is honored to become the center of Christianity, attracting numerous pilgrims and tourists in the occasion of papal audiences.

As backdrop of this amazing guided tour from Rome, the Lake Albano and the Monte Cavo, as well as the Tyrrhenian Sea. An undescribable landscape, ideal for moments of relaxation and meditation. And that is why the choice is plausible, either as the Pope's destination, but not only, he had the same idea as the emperors and Gentlemen of Rome before him. The complex was in fact built right on top of the Villa of Domitian, emperor of the first century AD, of which the great theater is still visible.

The current Pontifical property extends over an area more extensive than that of the Vatican itself. It overlooks the central square of the village where there is a beautiful fountain by Bernini. Still in Piazza della Libertà is the Church of S. Thomas of Villanova again by Bernini, inside of which there are important works including the religious painting of the Crucifixion of Christ by Pietro da Cortona.

In this square there is the oldest mailbox in the world, which is still being used today!

The medieval village for its distinctive corners and its very natural landscape is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. During this unforgettable tour you will enjoy a walk along the lake and if you like you might take advantage of the chance to taste some local products, for example the famous porchetta and the renowned wine of Castelli Romani.

YOUR PERSONALIZED DAY TRIP FROM ROME COULD HAVE ANY OTHER STARTING POINT!

WE WILL TAKE YOU DIRECTLY FROM YOUR ACCOMODATION, HOTEL OR CRUISE SHIP, SO DON'T WORRY ABOUT THE MEETING POINT!

WE ARRANGE SHORE EXCURSION FROM CIVITAVECCHIA AND ASSURE ALL CRUISERS THAT WE ALWAYS ARRANGE OUR PRIVATE TOUR ACCORDING TO THE SHIP'S TIMINGS AND NEVER MISSED ONE!

WE CAN EASILY CUSTOMIZE TOURS ACCORDING TO YOUR PLANS.
CONTACT US FOR YOUR PERSONALIZED DAY TRIP AND WE WILL REPLY WITHIN THE WORKING DAY (italian time).



general information

  • Duration:Half Day/Full Day
  • Availability days:Sun; Mon; Tue; Wed; Thu; Fri; Sat;
  • Included:Driver-guided tour with general background information of the visited places.
    Transportation costs and tolls are covered.
  • Not included:Entrance fees, food and beverages, guided tour inside the monuments.

tour itinerary

  • First stop in Hadrian's Villa. Visit to the archaeological area.
  • Second stop in Villa D'Este, tour of the Villa and the fountains park.
  • Visit of the town of Tivoli

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