Situated on the Aniene river, Tivoli, Italy is a picturesque town north-east of Rome and a popular spot for tourists. Tivoli’s two most popular attractions are the Villa d’Este and Villa Adriana, also known as Hadrian’s Villa. They are both listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, and both are incredibly breathtaking.
The Villa d’Este
Built in the 1550s for Cardinal Ippolito d’Este, the Villa d’Este is located on a stretch of land below Tivoli. The Villa offers visitors a gorgeous view of the Italian countryside, facing Rome. However, it is the garden at the Villa d’Este and its famous fountains that will truly take your breath away. The garden, specifically, is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Villa d’Este can be enjoyed as a half-day trip, although you may find yourself wanting to spend a bit more time in the tranquil gardens.
The Villa Adriana
Spreading over acres of countryside and combining several different architectural styles – mostly Greek and Egyptian – the Villa Adriana, also known as Hadrian’s Villa, was built during the second and third decades of the 2nd century AD as a retreat for the Roman Emperor Hadrian and, eventually, his successors. This awe-inspiring archaeological site takes luxury to a new level, featuring over 30 buildings, including palaces, a theatre, libraries, a stadium, temples, numerous water features, and so much more.
Visitors can spend hours simply wandering the extensive ruins of the Villa Adriana. Visit soon as the site was placed on the World Monuments Watch list of endangered sites in 2006.
Visiting Tivoli, Villa Adriana, and Villa d’Este with AESU
For over 38 years, AESU has been the most trusted name in travel. We offer unique, exciting travel programs for college students and young professionals at affordable rates. Each trip is action-packed and informal – designed for people your own age. We are also able to design custom tours just for your group.
AESU offers several trips to the Italy, including Cosmopolitan, Explorer, Euro Focus, Great Escape, Euro Spree, and, of course, Viva Italia. Join one of our tours and see the beauty of Tivoli, Villa d’Este, and Villa Adriana yourself.
If you have any questions or want help booking your next adventure, please contact AESU by calling 800-638-7640 or fill out the contact form found on our website.