Tivoli Travel Guide

  • Villa d'Este
    Villa d'Este
    by Vanity
  • Pecile: the pool
    Pecile: the pool
    by Cristian_Uluru
  • Awesome gardens and fountains
    Awesome gardens and fountains
    by windoweb

Tivoli Highlights

  • Pro
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    KymB says…

     Gorgeous town only 30min from Rome 

  • Con
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    cckbp7 says…

     Crazy Bus Ride 

  • In a nutshell
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    amyhouston says…

     Made visit to Rome all more worth the trip. 

Tivoli Things to Do

  • Villa D'Este

    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...

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  • Hadrian's Villa - Villa Adriana

    The Piccole Terme (Small Bath, in Englis) is one of my best building of the Villa. This complex is well preserved and it was built between 121 and 126 AD. The building is surrounded by courts adorned in various ways (exedrae, gardens, etc.). Inside there were large windows which allowed a lot of light inside. The rooms were covered with various...

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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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  • 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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  • HADRIAN'S VILLA

    Hadrian's Villa is not located in Tivoli.It is locats in Villa Adriana which is about 4 km west of Tivili.

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  • Villa d'Este

    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’EstePiazza Trento, 500019 Tivoli, ItaliaCall Center – 199.766.166Number to dial from...

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  • Organ Fountain - Cascading waters...

    Photo 1 - in front of the FountainPhoto 2 - Sitting by 3 reflecting pools that face the fountainPhoto 3 - Upper walkway of fountain behind the water Photo 4 - Facade with organ enclosure atop the fountainPhoto 5 - Close-up of the organ

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  • Vestibolo

    Between the Small and the Great Baths you can see the vestibolo. From the ruins scholars supposed to be made by three buidings connected to one another. At the center there was a square courtyard suroounded by a portico. To the west side of the central building there was a tetrastyle temple dedicated to Matidia, emperor Hadrian's mother-in-law.

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  • Villa Adriana: Piccole Terme

    The Piccole Terme (Small Bath, in Englis) is one of my best building of the Villa. This complex is well preserved and it was built between 121 and 126 AD. The building is surrounded by courts adorned in various ways (exedrae, gardens, etc.). Inside there were large windows which allowed a lot of light inside. The rooms were covered with various...

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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: Average

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Hotel Tivoli

    Via Tiburtina Valeria 340, Tivoli Terme, Tivoli, 00011, Italy

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

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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  • Friendly little cafe/bar

    This little bar was very busy when we arrived, which is always a good sign; plenty of local people sitting with their coffee and cakes. It's on the main square, just across the road from where one gets off the bus for the Villa d'Este (you'll almost certainly walk past it when you are going there anyway).Nice 'warm' atmosphere inside, friendly and...

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  • Don't miss it!

    This restaurant belongs to the owners of the B&B “Fermati che e tardi”, so if you’ll sleep there you’ll get a discount on the restaurant. But anyway to eat in this restaurant is always a pleasant experience.The restaurant self is unique as was build by Romans as a bath place. The owner discovered it by breaking trough a wall after feeling a strange...

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  • Innovative dining right outside the...

    When I came to the Villa lunchtime was approaching, but since it was winter and the closing time was quite early I decided, not without a few doubts, to have a treat in this place right next to the entrance of the park.Well, the restaurant was a positive surprise. We managed to get out with some 40 EUR per person (it will increase if you go for the...

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Tivoli Transportation

  • The Local Train to Tivoli from Rome

    On our last full day in Rome we decided to take a trip a little bit out into the country to visit an estate in Tivoli. A number of VT members and others suggested taking the bus from Rome to Tivoli, but I'm not really a big bus rider and do love trains so we left the Colosseum area via the metro and took it to the Tiburtina train station. Bought...

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  • Walking

    Walking is the best way to see Tivoli. Everything except the Villa Adriana is within walking distance, and it's the only way to find the little pedestrian streets and alleyways that make the town so charming.

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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, then go upstairs and out to the Cotral bus station (follow the bus signs).You buy the bus tickets opposite the bar by the Metro exit: Tivoli isn't in Rome city, so you can't use your travel pass (if you have one). Reurn fare is 4 euros, bus takes about...

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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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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

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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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    One of 500

    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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    • Castles and Palaces
    • Historical Travel
    • Family 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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