Villa d’Este in Tivoli Information and guided tours to Visit Villa d’Este. How to go to Tivoli private, transfers and tickets from to Rome.
GARDENS OF THE VILLA D’ESTE IN TIVOLI: It took 20 years for the Neapolitan architect Pirro Ligorio to create the gardens of the villa of the ambitious cardinal Ippolito d’Este (the pope sent the ambitious cardinal here – a kind of papal slap – in 1550). The site was an ancient monastery. The Monastery was rebuilt and greatly enlarged and decorated with frescoes; its rear loggia, or loggia, overlooked a steep slope and the plain towards Rome.
To built Villa d’Este in Tivoli, Ligorio had an entire medieval village cleared and terraced to make room for a classic Italian garden and then built a half-mile (750 meters) long aqueduct to bring water from the River Aniene to feed the fountains. 500 fountains were built; most of them with marble and stone obtained from the excavations of the nearby Villa Adriana to decorate the new layout of the garden. It became, Henry James, said, “a wonderful romantic hodgepodge”. Today we can walk under the same tall cypresses that he and Franz Liszt admired, and you can hear, like them, the music of the waters that gush, dance, cascade, gurgle, sizzle.
Villa d’Este in Tivoli Walk along Viale Delle Cento Fontane for the best views or stop near the central Dragon Fountain, whose main jet stands in the center of a splendid double staircase. The four dragons that surround the fountain, versions of heraldic monsters from the coat of arms of Pope Gregory XIII, were placed here for his visit in September 1572. Maintenance is constant and thanks to the last important conservation intervention today many of the fountains, for many years not working, have been reopened giving incredible water effects that, especially on hot summer days, offer a natural refreshment with the steam they emit. The gardens are located just an hour’s drive from the center of Rome and are best seen in the morning so we suggest you book a guided tour in the morning.
If you are staying in Rome you can send a request to [email protected] and organize a half-day trip including private transfer with driver, guide, and tickets.
The tour from Rome to Tivoli, including Villa Adriana, Villa d’Este can last about 4/5 hours round trip. We suggest you also visit Tivoli and eat at the Sibilla restaurant from which, in the shadow of the ruins of Sibyl’s temple, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the waterfalls and the canyon of the Aniene River.
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Villa d’Este in Tivoli Tours for individuals, small or large groups can be planned and organized including transports, tour guides, and special entrances to visit the most important sites.