Duration of tour: 5 hours (Private transfer and Walking Tour)
Dress Code: Comfy shoes
Places we visit: Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este
Type of Tour: Entrance tickets included
Tips: Bring your camera for excellent pictures!
Tivoli is situated on the Aniene river to the east of Rome, in the Monti Tiburtini hills where the climate is fresher than Rome’s. For this reason, the area was popular from ancient times onwards with Rome’s noble people who built summer retreats in the area.
Built as a private summer retreat between in the 2nd century AD, Hadrian’s Villa is a vast open-air museum of the finest architecture of the Roman world. The grounds of the Imperial palace covered an area of 120 hectares (300 acres) and shows echoes of many different architectural styles, mostly Greek and Egyptian. Hadrian, a very well-traveled emperor, borrowed these designs and supervised the building personally. The final result was a gigantic complex with underground service passages big enough for vehicles. The Villa incorporates lakes, fountains, libraries, baths, temples and gardens.
Today the villa is a major archaeological area in the outskirts of Rome surrounded by beautiful landscapes still able to arouse admiration through its impressive ruins, its evocative sceneries and amazing buildings still witnesses of a glorious past.
In the Renaissance time Tivoli was still attracting noble people in the area to build a new type of leisure villa. Villa d’Este is a 16th-century villa still famous today for its terraced hillside, Italian Renaissance garden and especially for its profusion of fountains.
Built by Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este of Ferrara, son of Lucrezia Borgia it is considered today a masterpiece of the Italian Gardens and included in the UNESCO world heritage list. With its impressive concentration of fountains, nymphs, grottoes, plays of water, and music, it constitutes a much-copied model for European gardens in the mannerist and baroque styles.