Tivoli Travel Guide

  • Villa d'Este
    Villa d'Este
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  • Pecile: the pool
    Pecile: the pool
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  • Awesome gardens and fountains
    Awesome gardens and fountains
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Tivoli Things to Do

  • Villa D'Este

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Hadrian's Villa - Villa Adriana

    Still spectacular and partly restored, however many of the statutes etc have been looted over the centuries. Take time to view this section of the Villa as it gives you a good impression as to how magnificent the Villa and grounds would have been approx. 1,900 years ago.

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  • Fountain of Dragons

    This fountain is located at the center of the gardens, a mystical masterpiece set in a semicircular recess between two steep semicircular staircases descending from the Avenue of 100 Fountains. The four winged dragons are the symbol of the family of the reigning Pope at the time, Gregory XIII, who visited d'Este at Tivoli. The fountain is set in...

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  • Temple of Vesta

    On the cliff that dominates the valley of the Aniene Falls at Tivoli stand the ruins of a round temple dating from the late Republican period; it is called the Temple of Vesta or the Sibyl, but was probably consecrated to Hercules. This Corinthiian style building exerted great infouence over 19th century European monumental architeture.

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  • Notice - Grande Terme - Great Baths

    Notice outside the Great Baths. Well worth taking time to read the notices as they contain valuable information on the Great Baths.Hopefully you can magnify my photo.

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  • Great Baths - Grande Terme

    The remains of the Great Baths, a Roman institution.Our guide informed us that most baths were a regular source for infection.

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  • The Canopus

    Still spectacular and partly restored, however many of the statutes etc have been looted over the centuries.Take time to view this section of the Villa as it gives you a good impression as to how magnificent the Villa and grounds would have been approx. 1,900 years ago.

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  • The Lake - Hadrian's Villa Adriana

    This lake is a centrepiece in the grounds and one can imagine the cooling effect it would give late afternoon during a hot summer.The lake is in excellent condition.

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  • Gate & Walls - Hadrian's Villa

    The Villa was protected by a great wall and we entered the grounds through the huge gate. As there were 800 slaves within the villa grounds the wall must have ensured they did not escape.

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  • Hadrian's Villa - Scale Model

    We visited the administration Centre to view a large scale model of Hadrian's Villa, Afriana.Recommend this as essential prior to walking the ruins. You will gain an appreciation of the size of the complex and the architecture.Certainly, Hadrian's Villa was a magnificent showpiece.

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  • Hadrian's Villa - Various Buildings

    Upon entry through the villa gate the first buildings we sighted were to our left. Much of the structures remained, except the roofing, which is astonishing when one realises there buildings were constructed over 1,800 years ago.

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  • Villa D'est Terraces

    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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Tivoli Hotels

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  • Idria Hotel

    Via Giovanni Pascoli 26, Tivoli, 00019, Italy

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Victoria Terme Hotel

    Via Tiburtina Valeria, km 22,700, Tivoli Terme, Tivoli, 00011, Italy

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Aurora

    Via A. Manzoni 19, Tivoli, Lazio, 00011, Italy

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Families

Tivoli Restaurants

  • Dinner by the Temples - Part 2

    To continue from Part 1 - When we arrived in Tivoli from Rome via the train we walked away from the train station hopefully following the correct signs to our first destination the Villa d'Este. While walking we saw Sabilla across the ravine and since Sue is always worried about not getting a seat at a restaurant we walked over and made a...

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  • Dinner by the Temples - Part 1

    When Sue and I start planning our vacations we divide the tasks up somewhat. Since I am more the computer literate of our duo, I scour the internet, talk to VT members, look at the hotel booking sites and generally conduct most of my research on the computer. Sue, on the other hand gets the travel books from the library and generally scopes out...

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  • Another good place

    This place might not look much, but the service was very helpful and friendly, the food was good and the price even better.Worth keeping an eye open for it: it's in front of a passage under a modern block of shops/offices near the Villa d'Este entrance.

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Tivoli Transportation

  • Bus from Rome

    If you're coming to Tivoli from Rome, you can get there by bus without a problem. The ride is about 45-60 minutes, the ticket is cheap, and the busses leave several times a day. From Rome, go to Ponte Mammolo metro to buy your ticket and catch the bus from there. From Tivoli, the bus stop is close to Piazza Garibaldi. Whether coming or going -...

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  • Green Line Tours - Tivoli & Hadrian's...

    I had read travel guides which gave good reports on Tivoli and the Villa d' Est, but never thought we would have the opportunity to visit. It was completely out of my mind when we booked a tour from Barcelona to Rome. We decided to have an additional 4 days in Rome post tour.Whilst at hotel reception I noticed some day tour brochures and picked up...

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  • Just get the bus!

    You can pay for an organised tour if you like.Or you can just get to Ponte Mammolo Metro station on line B (blue), then go upstairs and out to the Cotral bus station (follow the bus signs).You can buy the bus tickets at the office in the bar/cafe by the Metro exit. Tivoli isn't in Rome city, so you can't use your Rome travel pass (if you have one)....

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Tivoli Shopping

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  • Stuff to buy

    If you don't know much about the main things to see in Tivoli (Villa d'Este, Villa Adriana, etc) or the history of the town, I recommend buying a booklet with info on these things, either from a street vendor or a souvenir shop. That way, you can read it as you check out the sights. Vendors and shops also sell all sorts of other trinkets and...

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  • Shopping, Shopping and Shopping

    On the way to Villa del Este you will find many shops and vendor street where you can find souvenirs, books and jewellery. De camino a Villa del Este encontraras muchas tiendas y puestos en la calle donde se encuentra desde souvenirs, libros y joyeria. lina

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  • More Markets

    In Piazzza Trento near the entrance to the Villa d'Esta are many stalls aimed at the tourists.I like the look of all these ceramic plates....wish I'd bought one now ;-/

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Tivoli Local Customs

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    A romantic setting

    by TinKan Written May 3, 2003

    There were so many things to see and it was such a romantic setting. You could just imagine all of the royalty coming for parties and gatherings in amongst the fountains and gardens of this stately home. All of this was built without the modern tools we have today and rivers were diverted to make all of the fountains work with out the use of electric pumps. It truly is a wonder and a place of beauty.

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Tivoli Warnings and Dangers

  • Scoot Aside

    You are always warned about being very aware of crossing streets in the larger Italian cities like Rome, Florence and Venice because of the motor scooters that zoom on by, but you need to be equally aware in smaller cities like Tivoli as well.Although you can generally hear the scooters coming either up or down the small streets, you need to be...

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  • Pickpockets

    Please watch out for the pickpockets who are running around the Villa d'Este estates. They are quick and know where to hide.

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  • Stop and relax

    Stop and relax and just listen to the water trickling in the fountains. (Then run like hell to the WC…haha) There was no WC here that I could find so ya better go before you get here. Try one of the places outside the entrance or at the door when you first come in.

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Tivoli Tourist Traps

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    When a tour is not a tour

    by TinKan Updated May 8, 2003

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    The are several "tour guides" out in front of the Villa d'Este estate that offer guided tours of the Villa at a cost additional to the enterance fee.

    Unique Suggestions: The gardens are the main attraction and you do not need a guide to see them.

    Fun Alternatives: You can purchase your ticket at the enterence and go through the house on your own and do not need a tour guide as the house is a small part of this site.

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    • Historical Travel

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Tivoli Off The Beaten Path

  • Wonderful fossil-rich rock

    If you visit the Villa d'Este (as you probably will) take a closer look at some of the stones used for bordering paths in the gardens (and in some walls too).It's a type of limestone, but is fossil-rich. In fact, it seems to consist almost entirely of prehistoric corals, concreted together by the millennia. Tubes and bubbles and casts...

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  • Old and new........

    Tivoli was a favoured place for ancient Romans to retire to (and for the wealthy to have summer villas) , and continued to be so during the Renaissance.Thus, as with all Italian towns and cities which have millennia of occupation behind them, you can see evidence of the past melding into more recent times. Italians seem to have been happy to build...

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  • Canopus

    The dominating feature of Villa Adriana is the Canopus, which is an elongated lake surrounded by a colonnade. At the end of the lake was a Temple of Serapis, dug into the hillside.In the spaces between the columns are statues of Ares, Athena, Hermes and two Amazons.

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Tivoli Favorites

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  • Antique Tibur and the present

    Here is a pot-pourri of photos from Villa Adriana in June 2010. More photos of Villa Adriana in travelogue below.The great wall was constructed following advice by Hadrian's doctor regarding the length of a healthy daily walk for the Emperor. All Hadrian had to do was walk along its length and back, and his exercise for the day was done.See...

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  • Antique Tibur, ravaged by the Goths and...

    When I first saw Tivoli, the Internet did not exist. I was inspired by Marguerite Yourcenar's Mémoires d'Hadrien (Memoirs of Hadrian.) I cannot imagine visiting Villa Adriana without knowing Yourcenar's magnificent portrait of the man that was Hadrian.I re-visited Villa Adriana in June 2010, accompanied this time by a Roman archeologist. It made a...

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  • Tivoli streets

    Meandering through the narrow town streets with the rustic coloured buildings with peace flags..the sun trying to light up the terracotta buildings in the narrow passageways.

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