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    A Day in the Country: The Villas of Tivoli

A Day in the Country: The Villas of Tivoli

  • City: Civitavecchia, Rome, Tivoli

On this full-day private excursion, you?ll explore the ancient ruins of Hadrian?s villa and dive into the charming Baroque splendor of the gardens at Villa d?Este.

Overview

The historic hill town of Tivoli, 22 miles east of Rome, is justly famous for its great monuments, most notably the Villa d'Este and Hadrian's villa. This full day excursion will reveal the charms of Tivoli by introducing you to the Baroque splendor and Imperial Roman excess of this small town on the Aniene River.

Wealthy Romans have always flocked to Tivoli, lured here by its temperate climate. But no summer retreat tops that of the Emperor Hadrian who, in the early 2nd century AD, conceived a gigantic complex with underground service passages, artificial lakes, fountains, libraries, baths, temples and gardens. Hadrian himself personally supervised the construction and architectural features of the more than 30 buildings that served as reminders of his foreign travels and the countries he had visited.

After Hadrian, the villa was used by his various successors. During the decline of the Roman Empire it fell into disuse and was partially ruined. In the 16th century Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este had much of the marble and statues in Hadrian's villa removed to decorate his own Villa d'Este located nearby. Son of the infamous Lucretia Borgia, Cardinal Ippolito used the villa primarily for entertaining. The main attraction is the breathtaking garden composed almost exclusively of water features. Sparkling water cascades down stone banisters, into deep pools shaded by trees, over a miniature reproduction of Rome and powers the pipes of a gigantic organ. Sadly, the fountains no longer operate as they once did, but two were restored in 2003: the 'Owl Fountain,' which plays birdsong, and the large 'Water Organ Fountain.' Their mechanisms have been recreated and the fountains are sounded several times a day.

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Pricing

Excursion from Rome
# of People Price
1 - 2 people $619.00 per group
3 - 6 people $619.00 per group
7 people $653.00 per group
Excursion from Civitavecchia Port
# of People Price
1 - 2 people $619.00 per group
3 - 6 people $619.00 per group
7 people $653.00 per group

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Additional Information

Departs from and returns to your Rome hotel or, for cruise ship clients, the Civitavecchia port.

The tour departing from Rome hotel is approximately 7 hours in length; the tour departing from Civitavecchia port lasts approximately 10 hours.

Please note that entrance tickets are not included in the cost of the excursion, and must be paid for on site.

Sites Included: Hadrian's Villa, Villa d'Este

  • Museum entrance tickets to be paid on site are approximately 16,00 euro total per person. This is subject to change as each site is independently operated.

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