Tivoli: The Ancient Beauty of the Villas

Discover Villa Adriana and Villa d'Este

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Tour the Beautiful Tivoli Gardens in Italy

Tivoli was an ancient resort area famous for its beauty and its good water, and for this reason it was appreciated by the Roman high society. Swap the hustle and bustle of Rome for a serene one-day excursion to Tivoli, the picturesque country town and home to Villa Adriana and Villa d’Este, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites and masterpieces of opulence and delight.

The emperor Hadrian built Villa Adriana, the ruins of which you get to visit on this tour. Moving into the city center, you also discover Villa d’Este, built in Renaissance style, a splendid setting surrounded by a spectacular terraced garden. Enjoy the beauty of its waterfalls, water tanks, water jets, and fountains.

The first of these villas dates back to the second century, and the second to the sixteenth century. Hadrian was the most visited emperor and an amateur architect, and his villa is full of innovative designs based on iconic places he visited during the Roman Empire. The Villa d’Este, on the other hand, was built by Cardinal Ippolito d’Este to console himself after a failed candidacy for the papacy. It is best known for its incredible fountains designed by Pirro Ligorio.