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, bath houses, 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 marvelous way.
I'll pick you up at your hotel and from there we'll reach Tivoli by car or van (1 hour 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 though the marvelous 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 your hotel.
This tour is not available on Mondays because Villa d'Este is closed.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I'll pick you up at your hotel.
End location: Drop off at your hotel.
Duration: 7 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.