Villa D'Este, Tivoli

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    Villa D'est Terraces

    by Mikebb Updated Oct 27, 2014

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    The terraces are of a good size and would have been ideal for entertaining or relaxing. Each terrace has it own distinctive character, most with wonderful water features, some being fountains and others with ponds.

    The sound of water is very relaxing and combined with the fountains and view over the countryside it would have impressed guests.

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    Inside Villa d'Est - Old Monastery Courtyard

    by Mikebb Updated Oct 27, 2014

    Once through the entry we were soon in the courtyard. You will see from the photo the building originally was a monastery.

    The courtyard was almost bare of decoration, a good sized courtyard which would have been useful several centuries ago.

    Courtyard - Villa d'Est - Former Monastery View to Bell Tower from Courtyard - Villa d'Est Courtyard Decoration - Villa d'Est
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    Inside Villa d'Est

    by Mikebb Updated Oct 27, 2014

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    Our guide took us inside the Villa and we visited several rooms which were beautifully decorated. In particular the ceiling decoration was superb.

    We were told " No Photos".

    The attached internet link contains a photo of the Fountain Room.

    UNESCO Plaque - Villa d'Est
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    Villa d'Este

    by Mikebb Updated Oct 27, 2014

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    We walked through the small village and soon came to a small square which had the entry to Villa D'est in one corner. Not very impressive, however we were informed it was a Monastery prior to Cardinal Ippolito D'este arrived in 1550 after a failed attempt to be elected Pope. He was the grandson of a former Pope.

    Over the next 2 decades he completed the redevelopment of the gardens and fountains, whilst also completing the redecoration of the Villa. He died in 1572 when the project was nearing completion.

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    Waterfall & Pond

    by Mikebb Updated Oct 26, 2014

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    Another beautiful fountain. If you look at the following photos you will see the small fountain between the archways into the cavern.

    Just sit for a few minutes and enjoy the scene, listen to the water.

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    Information Villa D'est & Tivoli - Official Site

    by Mikebb Updated Oct 25, 2014

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    Before you visit it is important that you are aware of Opening Hours, Admission Price, What You Can Photo, If Rooms are Open or Closed in Villa D 'Est, Transport to & from Rome.

    All this and more is available on the official web page.

    This magnificent fountain is the centre point of the gardens and very popular for photos. Be prepared to wait a few minutes for an opportunity to take a photo without tourists in you viewfinder.

    Fishponds with Organ Fountain - Villa D'Est
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    Villa d'Este

    by icunme Written Oct 9, 2009

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    Here is all general visitors info for Villa d'Este. I see many people reporting that the fountains were not working - read hours re fountain activation - from 10 a.m. every 2 hours!
    From the Villa D’Este website (http://www.villadestetivoli.info/indexe.htm)
    Villa D’Este
    Piazza Trento, 5
    00019 Tivoli, Italia

    Call Center – 199.766.166
    Number to dial from all of Italy for pre-sales and reservations for: tickets, guided tours, school groups, instructional visits.

    Bookings from abroad:
    email: villadestetivoli@telekottageplus.com
    fax: 0039.0445.357099
    telephone: 0039.0445.230310

    Visiting Hours:
    Opening 8.30 – closed one hour before sunset.
    The ticket office closes one hour before the closing of the monument.
    The hydraulic organ of the Organ Fountain is active daily, from 10.30am, every two hours.
    The Fontana della Civetta functions daily, from 10.00am, every two hours.

    The Monument is closed the following days:
    All Mondays, January 1st, May 1st, and December 25th. If Monday is a holiday, the monument will remain open and the weekly closure will then be delayed

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    Villa d'Este

    by fairy_dust Written Jun 13, 2008

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    The Villa d'Este was owned by an archbishop in the 1500s, and is huge and luxurious. It is filled with gardens, fountains, sculptures, paintings, etc, and there is a lot to see. I loved it so much that I spent several hours exploring it. I loved the whole thing, but I especially remember the gardens and fountains - like a maze with something beautiful at every corner.

    Entering the villa View of the gardens from up high Ceiling in the villa Side of the villa Fountain in the garden
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    The Palace of the Villa d'Este

    by nicolaitan Written Jul 16, 2006

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    Cardinal d'Este was an educated and wealthy man of arts and a lover of luxury. Effectively exiled to Tivoli, his residence was an austere monastery. He commissioned the creation of a more suitable residence therefore. The many rooms were decorated by an all-star team of artists from Rome and elsewhere, suitable for entertaining his urban associates and other church powers. During Hapsburg rule, the villa was poorly maintained but renovations have now been under way for over 100 years. We spent very little time in the palace, eager to reach the gardens it overlooked. Adjacent, a typical ceiling.

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    Gardens of Villa d´Este

    by lina112 Updated May 10, 2006

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    It is a typical italian garden, organized in a combination of terraces and downward slopes. It is consituted by one central longitudinal axis and five main transverse axes that join the slopes and link the beautiful fountains situated at the egdes of the villa.

    El jardin tipicamente italiano, con sus esplendidas fuentes y juegos de agua, exalta la arquitectura y el arte de los jardines.

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    Villa d´Este: The Cloister

    by lina112 Updated May 10, 2006

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    The courtyard, which corresponds to the present entrance of the Villa, was the cloister of a Benedictine convent incorporated in the monumental building of the Villa.

    El patio, ubicado en la actual entrada, era el claustro del Monasterio de los Padres Benedictinos.

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    Villa de Este

    by lina112 Updated May 10, 2006

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    In 1550 Cardinal Hippolyte del Este, the son of Lucretia Borgia and Alfonso I del Este, built Villa del Este following the project of Pirro Ligorio. The Villa is reputed to stand on the site of an ancient medieval district called "Valle Gaudente".

    Fue edificada en el ano 1556 por el Cardenal Hipolito del Este, hijo de Lucrezia Borgia y Alfonso I del Este, en la zona mediaval llamada Valle Gaudente. Fue proyectada por Pirro Ligorio.

    Opening times: 9.00 til one hour before nightfall
    Price: Adult 6.50 euros

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    Villa d'Este Information

    by Jmill42 Written Feb 13, 2006

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    Villa d'Este has been labeled as a World Heritage Sight by Unesco, stating this:

    "The Villa d'Este in Tivoli, with its palace and garden, is one of the most remarkable and comprehensive illustrations of Renaissance culture at its most refined."

    I have listed the established hours below, but I highly recommend that you come towards the closing time, as that is when the sun is setting and provides the most stunning of views and photo opportunities with the main fountain.

    Visiting Hours

    Entry Exit
    January 8,30-16,00 17,00
    February 8,30-16,30 17,30
    March 8,30-17,15 18,15
    April 8,30-18,30 19,30
    May 8,30-18,45 19,45
    June 8,30-18,45 19,45
    July 8,30-18,45 19,45
    August 8,30-18,45 19,45
    September 8,30-18,15 19,15
    October 8,30-17,30 18,30
    November 8,30-16,00 17,00
    December 8,30-16,00 17,00

    Normal Fare: ? 6,50

    Sunset is the Time to Come!
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    Villa d'Este's Fountains

    by Jmill42 Written Feb 13, 2006

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    As much as I have built up the villa and the grounds, both pale in comparison to Villa d'Este's fountains. As I mentioned, you are surrounded by the sound of water from the moment you step outside of the villa. There are over a thousand fountains here and everywhere you turn, you guess it, a fountain! As you make your way down the paths, past the numerous small fountains, you start to hear the roar of something much bigger. Until finally you come to the pool and turn left to see, what has to be, one of the best fountains in the world. Appropriately I think, it faces west, so that as the sun sets, the white marble turns golden in the sun's rays. It is absolutely wonderful for pictures at this time. But, no time is a bad time here!

    Main Fountain of Tivoli Main Fountain of Tivoli Main Fountain of Tivoli Wall of Fountains
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    Villa d'Este's Grounds

    by Jmill42 Written Feb 13, 2006

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    But, as nice as the villa is, it can't even come close to matching its gardens. With sounds of flowing and cascading water all around you, you instantly become entranced by the utter beauty of this place. With immaculate landscaping and grottoes abound, all stress seems to melt away. As you make your way down from the villa using the switchback paths, you come upon a beautiful pool. Awaiting you to your left is an unimpeded view over the valley. Breathtaking.

    The Valley View Pathway Pathway Pool Another Valley View
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