For those who wish to relax while exploring history at the same time, this is a highly-recommended day trip to the countryside. Romanslove Tivoli!
This medieval town onthe edge of the Tiburtini Hills is famed for its panoramic views, with its baths enjoying a high volume of usage since the times of the Roman Empire. Its monument,its falls and the two Villas are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which indicates the beauty of the space.
Emperor Hadrian’s Villa is evidence of his extravagance, whilst Villa D’Este is an oasis of retreat, built exclusively for the exile of Cardinal d’Este.
Hadrian’s Villa was the Versailles-like palace from which the Emperor governedhis Empire; not too far from Rome, itsgrounds cover more than 300 acres of parkland and are filled with duplicates of his favourite buildings from throughout the Empire. These spectacular replicas are clear evidence of the extravagance of the Emperor Hadrian himself.
A few examples include the Teatro Marittimo, which is a circular residence on an artificial isle; the Egyptian Canopus, with its statue-lined canal; and the high wall of Athens Pecile, which sits directly opposite the pool.
A splendid Renaissance Palace with valuable frescoes on the walls and ceilings. What will impress you most, however, are the grand Italian-style gardens. They stretch over two terraced slopes with centenary trees and more than 500 fountains:a true oasis built for Cardinal d’Este’s exile.
Listen to Bernini’s Fountain of the Organ “playing” music using only water pressure, and admire the incredible ‘Avenue of the Hundred Fountains’. The multitude of waterfalls, artistic fountains, ponds, grottoes and spectacular waterways all use gravity and hydraulics as their sole sources of power.
– Private air-conditioned car/van
– Professional guide
– Admission tickets
– Pick-up and drop-off for centrally-located hotels