Tivoli & Villa Hadrian Tour

Tour Highlights

ENJOY A SPECIAL HALF-DAY TOUR OF THE VILLA HADRIAN & THE SPLENDID GARDENS OF THE VILLA D'ESTE! An English speaking driver and an air-conditioned vehicle will be at your disposal for up to 5 hours as you enjoy a three-hour guided tour of the Villa D'Este and Hadrians Villa with a local expert guide. MAXIMUM OF 12 PEOPLE A TOUR

Includes Hotel Pick Up & Drop-Off

 

DURATION:

5-hours

PRICE:

$145pp

OPERATES:

 

Every Wednesday & Saturday at 8.30 am

(31st March - 31st October, 2007)

INCLUDES:

 

English-speaking driver & Air-conditioned Mercedes (or similar make) vehicle at your disposal for 5 hours

Local Expert Guide for three-hours

NOT INCLUDED: ENTRANCE FEES - 13 EUR total  per person

Minimum of four people require to operate tour

 
 

HALF-DAY TOUR OF TIVOLI FROM ROME - VILLA D'ESTE & HADRIANS VILLA

MAXIMUM OF 12 PEOPLE A TOUR

 

More than 2000 years ago Tivoli was surrounded by a luscious countryside. Its closeness to Rome, its abundance of salubrious waters and its cool climate attracted many wealthy Romans who loved to spend their holidays here.

 

Emperor Hadrian chose to build here his magnificent estate. Here he could relax, away from the Roman mob and the flattering courtiers, and spend his time hunting. Hadrian's villa was like a small town: there were baths, fountains, large halls, all beautifully decorated with statues and mosaics and very innovative in style.

 

One of the most spectacular areas of the villa is the Canopus a dining hall overlooking a large canal which could accommodate hundreds of guests invited to Hadrian's magnificent banquets. Or the Teatro Marittimo: Hadrian's headquarters and private retreat surrounded by a moat it could be completely isolated by simply removing two wooden bridges.

 

Tivoli was also the brainchild of one man, the powerful and ambitious Cardinal Ippolito D'este who during the 1500's set out to transform an old Benedictine convent into a new garden of Eden with more than 200 fountains laid out on sloping terraces along with beautiful greenery.

 

Some of the most imposing fountains have been just restored, like The Fontana dell'Organo which has inside a water-operated organ which delivers music as water falls through, or le Fontane di Tivoli e Roma, reproductions on a smaller scale of the two cities. Villa d'Este is perfect for a tour in the hot summertime, enjoy the coolness of waterfalls and sit in the shade of mighty ancient cypresses.

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 *Hotel Pick-up / Drop-off: This service is included in the price of the day tour of Rome for the vast majority of hotels in Rome. For hotels at the airport and further afield we charge a small supplement for a private transfer to connect with the tour. At the time of booking we will advise you if there are any additional costs before processing your reservation.