The tumult of Rome has been something that Romans have been happy to leave behind for almost as long as there has been a Rome. This full-day guided trip to Tivoli, a historic town lying east of Rome, will introduce you to an area in the Roman countryside that has been favored since the second century as a summer retreat for wealthy Romans. Tivoli, in the breathtaking Monte Tiburtini hills, enjoys a fresher climate than its busy city neighbor, yet is filled with remarkable art and architecture and boasts a long and rich history. The splendid Villa d’Este, a former Benedictine convent, is considered to be one of the greatest of late Renaissance villas. Built as a lavish home for the son of Lucretia Borgia, the scandalous Italian duchess who created so much drama in fifteenth century Italy, its grounds have stunning gardens, impressive waterfalls, centenary trees, and more than 500 fountains.
After lunch at the famous Ristorante La Sibilla, with its outdoor terrace overlooking an ancient temple, you will visit Hadrian’s Villa, which belonged to the second century emperor Hadrian, generally considered one of the better, or at least less bad, emperors of Rome. The ruins of Hadrian’s estate of more than 30 buildings include a sprawling imperial palace, thermal baths, libraries, temples, and underground passages so wide that automobiles can fit through them. Your ride back to your cruise ship will take you through the beautiful Roman countryside, and your guide will be happy to answer any questions you have along the way.
Highlights and What’s Included
- English-speaking driver and private vehicle
- Expert, licensed English-speaking guide
- Tour of the stunning gardens of Villa d'Este
- Guided walking tour of the archaeological ruins of Hadrian's Villa, former home of second century emperor Hadrian
- Lunch at selected trattoria in Tivoli (cost not included)
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- This tour is not fully accessible for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility. Please contact us directly and we will devise alternate routes suitable for you.
- Please wear comfortable footwear, as this tour involves a lot of walking.
The Roman Countryside shore excursion from Civitavecchia (ROME) Port departs from and returns to your cruise ship.
Duration of Tour
This tour lasts 10 hours from pick up to drop off time. Please note that the journey time between the port of Civitavecchia and Rome is approximately 1.5 hours each way.
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