Day trips from Rome to Tivoli - Villa Adriana and Villa D'Este

When water was an aristocratic game.
One day in Tivoli between emperor Hadrian’s ancient villa and Renaissance cardenal Ippolito d’Este’s garden

Day trips from Rome to Tivoli


Your english-speaking driver will pick you up at your hotel in Rome and whisk you away from the chaos of the city

Huge outer pavillons, enormous baths, Egyptian and Greek-style buildings, magnificent libraries, a precious imperial palace: this is just a part of what you will be able to experience visiting famous Hadrian’s villa, the gigantic residence (about 120 hectares) built in twenty years under the most cultured and stylish Roman emperor, lived at the beginning of the 2nd century A.D. According to tradion, it was the same Hadrian who designed the imposing monumental complex housing his favourite residence, drawing  inspiration from the exotic architecture he could see in his frequent travels to the oriental provinces of the Roman empire, and exploiting the presence of several rivers in the area to feed amazing fountains and to give birth to astonishing artificial water basins.

Lunch at the restaurant is a meal of typical local dishes and specialties
(first and second courses, side dish, cake and beverages are included)


A beautiful portal leads inside the residence built for cardenal Ippolito II D’Este, designed in the second half of the 16th century by the expert architect and hydraulic engineer Pirro Ligorio, who was chosen to design both the sober main building and the sophisticated surrounding garden. Crossing it, you will follow the steps of cardenal Ippolito, enjoying his terraces, watergames, fish tanks, monsters and  fantastic fountains reproducing ancient buildings and musical instruments, such as the Fountain of the Organ that will accompany you playing once every two hours.

Drop off to the hotel at the end of the day

villa Adriana in Tivoli fountain

Fontana di Diana Efesina in Tivoli

day trips from rome in tivoli