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Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este Half-Day Trip from Rome

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Get out of Rome and head to hilltop Tivoli on this fun half-day guided trip. Explore the historic town and visit Hadrian's Villa and the Villa d'Este, two UNESCO World Heritage-listed spots. With an expert guide, tour the town and its historic villas, learning about the history of the area and seeing an exciting swath of the Roman countryside.
  • Visit the town of Tivoli on a half-day trip from Rome
  • See two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in one day: Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este
  • Learn about the lavish Emperor Hadrian on a tour of Hadrian’s Villa (Villa Adriana)
  • Explore Villa d’Este with your guide and admire its incredible gardens and Bernini-designed fountains
  • Enjoy round-trip transport by air-conditioned coach from Rome
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Transport by air-conditioned coach (maximum 50 people)
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Via Giovanni Amendola, 32 , Via Giovanni Amendola, 32, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

via Giovanni Amendola 32 10 15 minutes before tour departure

This activity will end right where it started.
Begin this half-day tour of Tivoli by getting picked up at your hotel in the center of Rome or opt to meet your guide near Rome's Termini Station. Hop on the comfortable coach for the ride. Learn about the history of Tivoli from your guide while admiring the views of the Roman countryside from the coach window. 

The first stop is Villa Adriana, also known as Hadrian's Villa, the erstwhile 2nd-century holiday home of Emperor Hadrian. Stroll among the ruins of the villa, which almost seems like more village than villa, as the place was expansive and ostentatious. See the temples and terrain, the theaters and thermal baths and learn about what daily life was like here 1,800 years ago from your guide. 

Hop back on the coach and make the short drive to Tivoli's other main attraction: the incredible Villa d'Este. This Renaissance-era palace, built in the the middle of the 16th century, was home to Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este, who at the time was also the governor of Tivoli. Stroll around the palace with your guide learning about its history, lingering in the verdant gardens and gawking at the Baroque fountains designed by none other than the master Gian Lorenzo Bernini. 

After the tour, enjoy the relaxing ride back to Rome. The tour concludes where it began  – either at your hotel or at Rome's Termini Station. You can also opt for a drop-off at Via Veneto, Piazza Barberini, Piazza Venezia or Piazza della Repubblica.
Stop At:  
Villa d'Este
First stop here is Hadrian’s Villa (Villa Adriana), the former holiday home of Emperor Hadrian – built in the 2nd century AD. More akin to a small village than a home in today’s sense of the word, the ostentatious villa ruins are incredible to visit, with ruins of thermal baths, temples, palaces, and theaters just waiting to be explored. Head into the site with your guide, and learn about the emperor’s ancient travels – reportedly the inspiration for many of the monuments -- while walking around.
Duration: 1 hour 
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Stop At:  
Villa Adriana
After your tour of Hadrian’s Villa, return to your coach and travel the short distance to Tivoli’s other showstopping villa – the magnificent Villa d’Este. Built in the heart of the Renaissance – around 1550 – for Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este, Tivoli’s governor, Villa d’Este was a contentious building that upset the local residents as they had to move to make way for it. Walk around the site with your guide, taking in the gardens and posing for photos in front of Bernini-designed fountains while learning about the Cardinal and his lavish life in the villa.
Duration: 1 hour 
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Green Line Tours - Day Tours
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note: This is a Multilingual Tour
  • Tour is suitable for wheelchair users provided passenger is traveling with a companion who can assist them on and off the bus. Wheelchairs will be stored in the luggage area of the bus.
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Greenline Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este Half-Day Trip from Rome?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este Half-Day Trip from Rome?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este Half-Day Trip from Rome?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este Half-Day Trip from Rome?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Beautiful history
, May 2022
This was a great exploration of Ancient Rome. Having been to Rome on three separate vacations, I needed to find new adventures. This one did not disappoint. Our guide was informative and cheerful. We learned so much history. Be prepared to do some hiking on both villa sites, well worth the cardio. Beautiful all the way.
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Beautiful Gardens
, Feb 2020
Great experience very beautiful gardens great way to get away from the city. Our guide was very informative we enjoyed the trip.
Don't miss this one
, Dec 2019
Villa d'Este is a magnificent garden unlike any other I have visited in England, France or Japan. So worth the trip. We visited in November and it took our breath away. Visiting in the summer would be a wonderful respite from Rome's heat. But no matter when you visit you will be struck by the engineering feat of the running water and the indescribable beauty. Hadrian's Villa is amazing in another way. This emperor's structures are all over Europe. Think Hadrian's Wall in England and his arches in Turkey and Greece. But when you visit this place you get a feeling for the scope of his thinking and possibly the underlying unhappiness he may have experienced. It would be difficult to understand this ruin without a guide. Really worth the expense.
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Very nice guide, good transport
, Nov 2019
We enjoyed our trip to Hadrians Villa, it was very insightful. We were a bit disappointed when we arrived at Villa D'Este because we could only see parts of the gardens as the rest was blocked off because they were shooting a movie so that was a bit disappointing.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
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Well worth it!
, Oct 2019
We really enjoyed this 1/2 day tour so close to the city but, yet, worlds away! Our guide was attentive and so knowledgeable. The gardens at Villa D’Este are amazing and not to be missed!
A must to see and enjoy!
Bruce S
, Oct 2019
This was our last tour of a 2 week vacation to Italy. It was peaceful, historical and breath taking!. We had a terrific guide, Max. It was a most enjoyable day to end our vacation, less hustle and bustle. This tour topped the whole experience of the full spectrum of Italy.
Terrific Tour
, Oct 2019
There are many great tourist attractions in Rome, but Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este Half-day Trip from Rome is definitely a tour you should not miss. These to two villias are located outside of Rome in the hills of Tivoli. Each villa has it's own special character and charm. Villa d'Este is amazing with it's water features, beautiful gardens and architecture. Hadrian's Villa provides the 2nd century ruins of a once massive estate. It is hard to imagine how this magnificent estate could be erected without the aid of machinery. You will not be disappointed in taking this tour.
, Oct 2019
David 'our guide' was most informative, friendly and made our visit one to remember. Our booking was at 9am and we found that no other tour was there so we had the Villa all to ourselves which meant we could appreciate the surroundings that little bit more than it would as if was busy. Our visit to the estate in Tivoli also amazing. The whole visit was magical. Highly recommend.
, Oct 2019
A lot of information was provided and two very interesting and different sites were visited on this afternoon tour. We enjoyed Villa d'Este more than Hadrian's Villa, but both sites were certainly worthwhile. We liked the fact that at the end of each tour we had time to wander on our own.
Hadrian’s Villa & Villa d’Este 1/2 day tour from Rome
Sam B
, Aug 2019
Our tour guide ‘s knowledge regarding these two very different historical sites was most valuable to our tour of these two villas. In a short time he gave us valuable insight into the history of these two important historical sites and the person/ family that resided here whether in ancient or in a more recent time .

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