Hadrian’s Villa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was constructed at Tibur (modern-day Tivoli, 25 km, from Rome) as a retreat for Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century AD. It is a vast area of land with many pools, baths, fountains and classical Greek architecture set in what would have been a mixture of landscaped gardens, wilderness areas and cultivated farmlands. The villa was the greatest Roman example of an Alexandrian garden, showing echoes of many different architectural styles, mostly Greek and Egyptian.
Just a few meters away lies Villa d’Este, masterpiece of the Italian Garden, also included in the UNESCO world heritage list. Villa d’Este, one of the first giardini delle meraviglie, was an early model for the development of European gardens. With its impressive concentration of fountains, nymphs, grottoes, plays of water and music, it constitutes one of the most remarkable and comprehensive illustrations of Renaissance culture at its most refined.
Its innovative design along with the architectural components in the garden make this a unique example of an Italian 16th-century garden.
A great escape from Rome crowd and traffic.
A stunning variety of ancient architectural styles.
Some of the best gardens and natural water in Europe.
Landmark sites include the spectacular Oval Fountain and Hundred Fountains, the Maritime Theater, set on a man-made island at the center of a round pool and the Canopus, a perfect copy of Alexandria sanctuary of Serapis.
Fully narrated tour.
Approximate duration 4 hours.
No-wait access entrance. Skip the line ticket is included in the price of the tour.
A great guide, informative and friendly, speaking the language of your choice.
The tour is private and can run anytime you want, you also decide the composition of the group.
Art and nature lovers.
This is a family friendly tour, children will love the gardens and the impressive plays of water.
People with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair should avoid this tour, due to uneven surfaces and steep climbs.