Tivoli Gardens (Villa d’Este, Hadrian’s Villa) from the port of Civitavecchia

Rome, Italy

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Overview

A few miles from Rome, after only about thirty minutes by car, you will discover the wonders of Tivoli. A small city, famous all over Europe for its incredible Villas, built from the times of the Roman Empire until the sixteenth century. Tivoli is located on an ancient road build by the Romans, called Tiburtina, which still today connects the town to Rome, the area was very rich of water and famous for its Travertine quarries.
The tour of Tivoli Gardens from Civitavecchia starts at 7:30AM.Your driver will meet you at the exit of your ship. You will be back to the ship at 5:30PM.

Port of Civitavecchia pick up and drop-off
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Private tour with a n English speaking driver.
Customizable tour
Guided Tour. You can request a private tour guide with an extra charge of Eur 250,00 cash
Tickets for Villa d'Este (Eur 10,00 per person)
Tickets for the Hadrian's Villa (Eur 10,00 per person)
Food and drinks
Gratuities (not mandatory)

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Meet your driver at the exit of your ship at 7:30AM

Ports

  • Port of Civitavecchia


Departure Time

7:30 AM
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Limousine Service in Italy
The city of Tivoli, located a few miles from Rome, famous for the two historical and artistic sites known throughout the world: Villa D'Este and Villa Adriana. Your driver will take you to Villa Adriana early in the morning, as soon as you arrive in Tivoli. Immediately afterwards you will be offered the opportunity to have lunch in one of the typical restaurants with wine tasting if requested. If you prefer, instead of eating in a restaurant, you can spend an hour walking in the medieval streets of Tivoli and stop for a sandwich in one of the many bars.
Duration: 10 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Villa d'Este
Villa d’Este, masterpiece of the Italian Garden, is 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. The garden is generally considered within the larger –and altogether extraordinary-- context of Tivoli itself: its landscape, art and history which includes the important ruins of ancient villas such as the Villa Adriana, as well as a zone rich in caves and waterfalls displaying the unending battle between water and stone. The imposing constructions and the series of terraces above terraces bring to mind the hanging gardens of Babylon, one of the wonders of the ancient world. The addition of water-- including an aqueduct tunneling beneath the city -- evokes the engineering skill of the Romans themselves. Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este, after the disappointment of a failed bid for the papacy, brought back to life here the splendor of the courts of Ferrara, Rome and Fontainebleau and revived the magnificence of Villa Adriana. Governor of Tivoli from 1550, he immediately nurtured the idea of realizing a garden in the hanging cliffs of the “Valle gaudente”, but it was only after 1560 that his architectural and iconographic program became clear—brainchild of the painter-architect-archeologist Pirro Ligorio and realized by court architect Alberto Galvani. The rooms of the Palace were decorated under the tutelage of the stars of the late Roman Mannerism, such as Livio Agresti, Federico Zuccari, Durante Alberti, Girolamo Muziano, Cesare Nebbia and Antonio Tempesta. The work was almost complete at the time of the Cardinal’s death (1572).
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Villa Adriana
Hadrian's Villa is a large Roman archaeological complex at Tivoli, Italy. it is the property of the Republic of Italy, and has been directed and run by the Polo Museale del Lazio since December 2014.The villa was constructed at Tibur (modern-day Tivoli) as a retreat from Rome for Roman Emperor Hadrian during the second and third decades of the 2nd century AD. Hadrian is said to have disliked the palace on the Palatine Hill in Rome, leading to the construction of the retreat. It was traditional that the Roman emperor had constructed a villa as a place to relax from everyday life. Previous emperors and Romans with wealth, such as Trajan, had also constructed villas. Many villas were also self-sustaining with small farms and did not need to import food.The picturesque landscape around Tibur had made the area a popular choice for villas and rural retreats. It was reputedly popular with people from the Spanish peninsula who were residents in the city of Rome. This may have contributed to Hadrian's choice of the property – although born in Rome, his parents came from Spain and he may have been familiar with the area during his early life. There may also have been a connection through his wife Vibia Sabina (83–136/137) who was the niece of the Emperor Trajan. Sabina's family held large landholdings and it is speculated the Tibur property may have been one of them. A villa from the Republican era formed the basis for Hadrian's establishment
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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