You'll visit two great Roman archeological sites, the Villa Adriana and the Renaissance Villa D'Este. Since they were built during two different historical periods, it will be interesting to note their similarities and differences. Your English-speaking tour manager will pick you up at your hotel. Villa Adriana is located in Tivoli, about 19 miles northeast of Rome, at the foot of the Tiburtini Hills. In ancient times, beginning in the 2nd century BC, this little town was a favorite summer residence of the Roman nobility. Here lies what remains of the imperial residence of Emperor Hadrian, the Villa Adriana. He had this huge and luxurious country estate built on 120 square hectares. Its size made it the largest imperial villa complex at that time. Its scale reveals that it was constructed at the height of the Roman Empire's power. After visiting this fantastic archeological complex, we'll stop for lunch* in a typical local restaurant. You'll be able to indulge in tasting handmade pasta, mixed appetizers, and excellent house wines. Our next stop will be at the Renaissance complex known as Villa D'Este. It was conceived and commissioned by the Cardinal of Ferrera, Ippolito D'Este, while governor of Tivoli. The entire complex is a highly structured geometric system of paths, ramps, and steps. They are interrupted by alternating fountains, grottoes, and arched walks. This was considered an excellent example of the concept of European gardens. This tour is for a party of up to 14 people. It includes private car transfers and a fluent, English-speaking tour manager. PLEASE NOTE:
- Professional guides for Villa Adriana and Villa D'Este is available upon request.
- The audio-guide system is available at the entrance.
- Meals, professional guide, audio-guide system, and site tickets are not included in the price.