Half-day Tour to explore Tivoli, Hadrians Villa and Villa DEste from Rome

Half-day Tour to explore Tivoli, Hadrian's Villa and Villa D'Este from Rome

5 h
Day Trips & Excursions
difficulty Very easy
Wheelchair Accesible
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Half Day Visit to Tivoli Gardens, Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este from Rome

Join our perfect half day tour from Rome, where you will visit two of the most important historic houses of Italy, Villa d'Este and Hadrian's Villa. A unique group excursion to Tivoli, where you will explore these amazing historical spots and you will learn more about their treasures from our guide!

Half-day Trip to Visit Tivoli, Hadrian's Villa and Villa D'Este from Rome highlights: 

  • Join our rewarding Half-day tour from Rome, to discovering the delightful area of Tivoli: Hadrian's Villa and Villa D'Este.
  • You will discover and learn more about the vast and luxurious Hadrian's Villa.
  • A unique way to experience the beautiful countryside around Rome.
  • An insightful visit to Emperor Hadrian’s residence (Villa Adriana), a glimpse into the ancient history of Rome.
  • An outstanding experience visiting Villa d'Este and its beautiful gardens, an example of the charming Renaissance architecture.

Half-day Trip to Visit Tivoli, Hadrian's Villa and Villa D'Este from Rome

Our shuttle buses depart in the morning from Rome and drive to Tivoli to visit two of the most beautiful villas of Italy - Villa d'Este and Hadrian's Villa.

Discover Tivoli and its amazing estates

You will have time to explore these magnificent estates with the explanations of our professional guides. The visits will be conducted in English/Spanish and German/French in separate groups bilingual. 
This unique day tour from Rome is truly one of the most enchanting experiences one could possibly have in the countryside of Italy. The Tivoli area close to Rome is considered a charming and authentic natural area, dotted with palaces and villas that are worth exploring.

A day tour from Rome to visit Villa d'Este and its waterfalls

Our guide will tell you about the history, anecdotes and the development of these amazing villas. Villa d'Este is considered one of the most delightful buildings of the Italian Renaissance: it was the home of Lucrezia Borgia’s son and is best known for its spectacular gardens and trees, as well as its fountains and waterfalls.

Move to Hadrian's Villa to admire an ancient Roman villa

After that, we will drive to Hadrian's Villa for the tour of this impressive estate. This is the most luxurious residence in Italy and is enriched with an amazing array of imperial palaces, temples, theaters, spas and swimming pools.
The overall tour from Rome lasts about five hours from the time of departure from Rome to your return to the meeting point. Transportation is by way of a comfortable air-conditioned bus.

Other ways to explore Tivoli!

Want to visit Tivoli but you would like to eXPerience something more private and intimate? Then you might be interested in our Private Tour of Tivoli, ideal for those who want to discover the treasures of Tivoli in the most exclusive and unique way!

Reviews of Half-day Tour to explore Tivoli, Hadrian's Villa and Villa D'Este from Rome

Reviewed by Stacey T. from


It was truly magnificent seeing so much amazing history as we walked through both villas. Our tour guide was a local from tivoli and had such an insight to these beautiful grounds. Not to be missed.
Reviewed by An ItalyXP customer from

History at its best

We had a wonderful half day visiting these sites with our guide for the day being Benjamin. He was both knowledgeable and humorous, making our day very entertaining. Benjamin has a passion for these sites that shines through with his commentary. We were so glad that we got to see both these amazing places of history and would highly recommend to anyone who is looking to explore outside the town of Rome.
Reviewed by An ItalyXP customer from

The Fantastic Mr. Fabio!

What an enriching tour this was: my thanks to our extremely knowledgeable and friendly guide, Mr. Fabio! He is excellent on the subject of art and architectural history. He also had a unique, gentle way of talking to each tourist about where they were from and customizing his commentary accordingly. The introduction to Roman architecture began as soon as we sat on the bus, with Mr. Fabio pointing out important remaining Roman structures. Tivoli is about 45 minutes away. Hadrian’s Villa is a complex built by the well-travelled Roman emperor Hadrian (who also constructed the Pantheon and Castel Sant Angelo). Mr. Fabio took us on a 90 minute walking tour through the main sites including the poecile, the three-semicircular dining rooms, the cento camerelle, the great baths, the canopus, the praetorium and the winter palace. In each site, he pointed out the function of the various structures, the architectural attributes and remains and showed and described before and after pictures. Because we did this tour BEFORE we explored ruins in Rome, we were able to appreciate ancient Roman architecture that much more, because we did this tour. Villa d’Este is an example of early Renaissance gardens, and inspired garden design throughout Europe. It is truly spectacular and a must-see. We were given about an hour and fifteen minutes here. Mr. Fabio took us through the main rooms of the villa and pointed out the most notable works. Then he gave us a map and led us down to the first level of the gardens, at the Oval Fountain, from where we were free to explore on our own. The garden is terraced, and you can choose to climb down to all levels or see the gardens from above. We chose the latter, because we felt we would not be able to make it back up to the bus in time otherwise – and because you can pretty much soak in the magnificence of the gardens from one or two levels! If you want however, you could go down and see the Neptune fountain and the fountain of the Organ, which plays a tune at 12:30 p.m. On the ride back, the guide and driver graciously talked to tourists about what they wanted to do next, and dropped each tourist to the closest landmark. We reached Rome by 1:30 p.m. I have read some reviews complaining about insufficient time in each place. I disagree with these reviews. Of course, one could well spend half a day exploring Hadrian’s Villa and another half leisurely exploring the gardens. But if you want to do so, take a full day tour. I would assume those taking the half day tour are doing so due to time constraints. This tour gives you all you need to appreciate the splendor of an ancient Roman villa, and the magnificence of a Renaissance terraced garden. Did we see every building and fountain? No. Would we have liked to? Sure. But then we would have to spare at least a full day to do so. We were very happy with the content and timing of this trip, and recommend this highly.
Reviewed by An ItalyXP customer from

Hadrian's Villa

a very informative tour guide, who made the place come alive and our trip so memorable, would use them again