Including: Hadrian’s Villa, Villa d’Este and its Gardens.
Begin your excursion with a visit to the fascinating ruins of Emperor Hadrian’s villa, built in the early 2nd century as the Emperor’s retreat from Rome. It was a complex of over thirty buildings, including the Imperial Palaces, large and small baths, the Canopus, the Pecile, Maritime theatre, temples, libraries, state rooms and quarters for praetorians and slaves, covering an area of at least one square kilometer.
Continue your visit with the Renaissance Villa d’Este, justly famous for its Palace, wonderful fountains and waterworks. Originally a Benedictine convent, it was converted into the Governor’s Palace in the 13th century. In 1550, Cardinal Ippolito d’Este, son of Lucretia Borgia and grandson of Pope Alexander VI, was elected governor. He then began to renovate the villa and its gardens into something befitting his aspirations to the papacy. The garden is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of its significance in the history of garden design, and its fountains are famous worldwide. A number of paths and steps lead down through the formal slopes to panoramas and fountains. The fountain of Rometta is a tribute to Rome, a water feature which incorporates recreations of the city’s monuments; the Bicchierone fountain is a later addition by Bernini; the Ovato is an atmospheric fountain backed by a nymphaeum. Other highlights include the Fountain of the Dragons, a many-breasted sculpture of Diana, the long path of the Hundred Fountains and the massive cascade below the Water Organ which periodically offers musical entertainment to visitors.
Duration: 7 hours/ Driving Tour
Tour not available on Mondays
Tour suitable for kids and family