About Tivoli Day Tour with Hadrians Villa and Villa dEste
For almost as long as there has been a city of Rome people have been escaping it hightailing to the mountains for a vacation from the Ancient City. Tivoli was always a favorite for the rich and well-connected. This is where Emperor Hadrian built his villa in the 2nd century and where the Renaissance Cardinals came to kick back - and were not going to let them have all the fun! See how the other half lived when you join us on our mini-break a half-day tour to Tivoli visiting Hadrians Villa and Villa dEste - two grand palaces from vastly different eras one a ruin of marble statues crumbling columns and abandoned lakes the other a Renaissance masterpiece as grand now as it ever was. Our tour starts in the afternoon once the heat of the day has died off. Well meet at a central location in Rome and take a comfortable air-conditioned bus out of the city and into the mountains. In under an hour well be at Hadrians Villa where our tour begins at a model recreation of what the villa looked like almost 2000 years ago. Marvel at the eclectic architecture so far ahead of its time and at the unbridled extravagance of Emperor Hadrian one of the five Good Emperors. Hadrian was the Ancient Roman ruler responsible for the Pantheon but whereas his designs there were classical and respectful he let his imagination run wild in Tivoli. Incorporating ideas garnished from his adventures across Europe he created a vacation home unmatched in its time full of theaters baths temples palaces and gardens. As your guide leads you through the ruins here youll learn that a lot of the fun is in the guesswork. With sites like the baths whose steam vents are still evident its easy to draw a solid conclusion but what of the theatre with little room for guests Or the religious building dedicated to Antinous the beautiful Greek boy that Hadrian wept for - is it a tomb or a shrine Join your tour guide in a team effort to rebuild this majestic 2nd century ruin from the ground up. Then its on to our second stop of the day Villa dEste. Once a convent this villa was requisitioned by Vatican Cardinals during the indulgent years of the Renaissance in the 16th century and fitted out as a worthy retreat. In fact the palatial villa remained a private residence for the kingpins of the Catholic Church all the way through to the 19th century. After an introduction from your tour guide youll be left to discover the amazing villa on your own. Of course you can opt to ogle the frescoes and gilding inside but the main draw at the Villa dEste are the terraces and incredible manicured gardens. Wander through the carefully preened shrubs and flowers dip a hand into the many carved fountains and admire the views from this perfectly positioned playground overlooking the Roman countryside. Dont forget to pack a camera - this is easily the regions most photogenic spot. As the day draws to a close well hop back on our bus towards Rome. Well get you back to the city in time for dinner - a good thing too since all that oohing and ahhing builds up an appetite! Includes - Tour as per description - Expert English-speaking guide - All transfers in air-conditioned bus Excludes - Meals and drinks - Personal expenses - Tips and gratuities - Optional activity costs Please Note - Infants up to 3 years old travel for free and do not require a reservation. - This tour involves a fair amount of walking comfortable shoes are recommended. We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with strollers wheelchairs or mobility impairments on our tours. - Booking modifications made within 72 hours of tour date will be charged an amendment fee.