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)
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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!
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.
Villa d'Este was, by far, the highlight of my trip to Tivoli. Normally, I am a huge archeological fan, so I thought Villa Adrianna would be more my style, but I was wrong. Real wrong! Villa d'Este is in Tivoli proper and is easy to find from the bus stop being well marked with signs. Upon entering, you start in the villa itself, which is quite spectacular in its own right.
Villa d'Este was built in 1550 and occupies a stretch of hillside below the town of Tivoli, with spectacular views over the plain towards Rome. The interior of the building is nicely decorated with frescoes but in my opinion the best part of the Villa d'Este is its UNESCO World Heritage listed garden. There are beautiful trees, scupltures and fountains everywhere and it is truly a visual feast.
The Villa was opened to the public in the 1920s by the Italian Government. Radical restoration was carried out in 1944 after parts of the garden were damaged in the war and other restoration work continues to this day. The fountains are fed by the waters of the Aniene through a series of pipes which pass under the historical centre of the town.
It is only a few minutes walk from the very centre of Tivoli and the entrance is actually at the back of the building and you walk through the building and down the stairs and then you are rewarded with some stunning views and entry into the wonderful garden.
This is a beautiful spot in the fountains of Villa D'Este. It is an enclosed area. Aside from the sounds of the fountain, it is very quiet. Take time to sit quietly on the benches provided under the trees and enjoy the moment.
Tivoli is a historic hilltown outside Rome,
situated on the Aniene river to the east of Rome, in the Monti Tiburtini hills.
It is a great day trip and a wonderful way to get away from the hustle and bustle of Rome.
Built on Roman ruins in 1550, the Villa d'Este boasts one of the finest gardens in all of Italy. It's a magical place where five hundred fountains keep tons of water flowing.
Since I have been there, there has been quite a bit of restoration done.
Villa d'Este is a perfect example of Renaissance landscape architecture. The gardens are a lavish extension of the house and to see the gardens in full splendor with fountains running and original sculptures is an impressive sight.
Might be good to view in winter- when I was there it was very green and there was only about 10 people in the whole place.
Of course the villa right in the town centre is what pulls the tourists in to Tivoli and deservedly so - the italian gardens with the fountains - working or not are a joy to stroll around. The courtyard, which forms the entrance today, was the cloister of a Benedictine convent. It was converted to a country retreat for Cardinal d’Este, grandson of Borgia Pope Alexander VI. The Cardinal, who believed in creating heaven on earth, designed the spectacular gardens and whimsical fountains that adorn the property to this day.