Small-Group Tour of Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este from Rome

Rome, Italy

Experience Rating
icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Small group
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 3 more

Rome is full of magnificent ancient monuments, but there are even more historic gems just outside of the city. This small-group half-day tour from Rome visits the hilltown of Tivoli, home to two UNESCO-listed marvels – the 2nd-century ruins of Hadrian's Villa (Villa Adriana) and the idyllic Villa d'Este, a 16th-century palace and garden complex. Tour includes hotel pickup, entrance fees, and round-trip transport.
  • 5-hour tour of Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este from Rome
  • Visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites on one tour
  • Explore the 2nd-century ruins of Hadrian's Villa (Villa Adriana)
  • Marvel at the grand palace and magnificent gardens of Villa d'Este
  • Great-value tour includes hotel pickup, entrance fees, and round-trip transport
  • Small-group tour limited to seven people ensures a personalized experience

Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off (accommodations within the Aurelian Walls)
Small group limited to a number of 14 people
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off (outside the Aurelian Walls)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup is available for all the accomodation within the Aurelian walls

After being picked up from your central Rome hotel, meet your guide and small group of up to seven people in time for a 9am departure. Traveling aboard a comfortable minivan, set out on the around 30-minute journey to Tivoli, admiring the scenery as you climb through the hills of Italy’s Lazio region.

On arrival, the first stop is Hadrian’s Villa, a grand complex built by Emperor Hadrian during the 2nd century. Follow your guide around the 300-acre (120-hectare) ruins, stopping to admire highlights such as the Maritime Theater, the Piazza d'oro, the imperial Palace, and the Canopus, inspired by the wonders of Rome, Egypt, and Athens.

Next , enjoy a guided tour of Villa d'Este, built by Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este in the 16th century and renowned for its Renaissance architecture and beautiful gardens. Take a peek inside the cardinal’s rooms, admire the views from the Vialone terrace, then stroll around the gardens.

Back in Rome, your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.
Pass By:  
Villa d'Este
Our driver will pick you up from your accommodation in Rome and with our guide you will be accompanied inside two wonderful ancient villas. The Villa d'Este is a 16th-century villa in Tivoli, near Rome, famous for its terraced hillside Italian Renaissance garden and especially for its profusion of fountains. It is now an Italian state museum, and is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Villa Adriana
After visiting Villa d'Este, your tour will continue in the Hadrian villa. Hadrian's Villa is a large Roman archaeological complex at Tivoli, Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is the property of the Republic of Italy, and has been directed and run by the Polo Museale del Lazio since December 2014.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes
  • Please note: Fountains at Villa D'Este can occasionally be inactive due to maintenance. In that case we can reschedule your trip changing date/time of the visit.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers

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