Come discover Tivoli with a Professional Archaeologist!
Tivoli is a small, gorgeous town very close to Rome. Despite its small size, Tivoli boasts of two UNESCO world heritage sites: Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este.
Hadrian's Villa is an incredible archaeological site, and it's unique: a massive imperial residence with amazing gardens, bathhouses, dining rooms, artificial lakes, subterranean roads and much more. It was commissioned by Hadrian, one of the best and most interesting Roman emperors, who was also an amateur architect and gave a direct contribution to the construction of the complex. It's a 1800 years old masterpiece.
In Tivoli, there's also another amazing site: Villa d'Este, a gorgeous Renaissance villa famous worldwide for its gardens and fountains. It was built in the 15 hundreds by the cardinal Ippolito, and it's one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The cardinal wanted not only to have a great palace but also to have the most beautiful garden ever. There's no other place where architecture, nature and water mix in such a marvellous way.
I'll pick you up in Civitavecchia, the port of Rome, and from there we'll go to Tivoli (1. 5 hours drive).
First, we'll have a tour of Hadrian's Villa, a unique archaeological site, one of the most important and most beautiful in the world. It's definitely the perfect site to explore with an archaeologist like me ;)
Then, after a break for lunch, we'll wander through the marvellous gardens of Villa d'Este, getting refreshed by the water from the hundreds of fountains that decorate this amazing Renaissance Villa.
Finally, you'll be taken back to the port in time to get back on your ship and continue your cruise!
* The tour is not available on Mondays because Villa d'Este is closed.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Civitavecchia port (your guide or your driver will have a sign with your name on it, and he'll meet you right after you have come off the boat).
End location: You'll be taken back to the port.
Duration: 8 hours
The duration includes also the transportation from Civitavecchia port to Rome and back (2.5 hours total approximately). The sightseeing time is about 6 hours.
Private car or van.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 euros - Cash needed for lunch, drinks and snacks.