Villa D’Este and Wine Tasting in Castel Gandolfo Private Tour with Driver

Rome, Italy

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Overview

Tivoli and Castel Gandolfo are two popular day trips from Rome, but seeing both in one day by public transportation can be frustrating. With this driving tour, skip the hassle of the train or bus and enjoy private transportation to the UNESCO-listed Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli. Then, move on to the village of Castel Gandolfo—home of the Pope’s summer residence—for a wine tasting.
  • Time-saving driving tour to visit both Tivoli and Castel Gandolfo in one day
  • Free time to explore Villa d’Este and Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli
  • Explore the town and papal palace at Castel Gandolfo at your own pace
  • Enjoy a tasting of the area’s excellent wines paired with gourmet treats

Driver/guide at your disposal for 8 hours
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Private tour
Transport by private vehicle
Snacks
Alcoholic Beverages
Lunch

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Tivoli
Ancient Tivoli, called Tibur Superbum by Virgil in his Aeneid, has a much longer history than Rome’s and dates back to 1215 BC, when it was considered the most important point of convergence of different peoples. This is borne out by the Sanctuary of Hercules Victor, a structure dating back to the 2nd century BC and still visible today. Today’s image of Tivoli is inextricably linked to its thermal baths and to the three magnificent villas which adorn it: the spectacular Villa d'Este and the archaeological area of Villa Adriana (Hadrian’s Villa), both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and the landscape view of Villa Gregoriana, run by the FAI (The Italian Environmental Fund). The unique sceneries that emerge from this area were a favourite of poets, painters and rich aristocrats who used to come here in the 19th century during their Grand Tour. The Tivoli "Grand Tour" is a charming trip through the archaeology, history, places of worship and natural sceneries inside Tivoli that you don't expect - well cared for by the love of its citizens and highly appreciated by tourists and lovers of beauty.
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Villa Adriana
Hadrian's Villa (Villa Adriana) in Tivoli bears witness to the grandeur of the Roman Empire. It is one of the best kept and most visited archaeological sites in Italy. This is why it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. The villa was built by Roman Emperor Hadrian at the foot of the Tiburtine Hills between 118 and 138 AD. The vast residential complex extended over an area of about 120 hectares (about 300 acres) and looked very much like an ancient Roman city. The site included buildings, baths, temples, barracks, theatres, gardens, fountains and nymphaeums. The villa itself was designed on two levels: the upper floor, quiet and welcoming, was reserved for the emperor’s official use, while the lower floor was noisy and bustled with the work of slaves. Today, of the ancient pomp, it is possible to see “only” 40 hectares, which fortunately still attest to the magnificence and significance of this complex.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Castel Gandolfo
Home to the pope’s summer residence in the hills surrounding the shimmering waters of Lake Albano, Castel Gandolfo promises those who visit the perfect day trip from Rome. Its lush, landscaped gardens, richly furnished papal palace, and 25 hectares of farmland ripe with fresh produce provide all the divine inspiration imaginable away from the hustle and bustle of the capital. What’s more, since in March 2014, Pope Francis opened the Apostolic Palace to the public, all of it is waiting for you to come and explore.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please communicate allergies and diet restrictions
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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