Villa d'Este

Villa d'Este, Tivoli: Hours, Address, Villa d'Este Reviews: 4.5/5

Villa d'Este
4.5
Historic Sites • Gardens
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Tuesday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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Started by architect and historian, Pirro Liggori in 1549, for Cardinal Ippolito dEste, this famous villa estate is one of the finest examples of Renaissance residence and garden architecture and design.
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Roddek
Melbourne, Australia441 contributions
It was a 30-minute ride from the centre of Rome, but once we arrived at the gates, I knew this place was special. Patricia, our guide had visited this place on many occasions, and she was well prepared as we commenced this arduous walk. We entered through a secluded courtyard to the palace proper. It is set on two levels and passing grand room after another spectacular room I was astonished by the vivid frescos. I felt that I was roaming through a world-famous art gallery than a functional palace. One had to form an impression of the place in its prime, or how it would have appeared when the Cardinal D'este held court here, or those involved, the family, guests, staff, and workers.
The villa is imposing but once you step outside be prepared to be amazed by the splendour of the gardens, the abundance of magnificent fountains, water features and waterfalls, along with statues and sculptures. There are numerous walks to meander through, but the most impressive being a hundred fountains walk. It is a world heritage site and was initially commissioned by Cardinal D'este to impress his visitors. He accomplished this by building it in the hilltop centre of the town of Tivoli. With the gardens tiered down the slope facing west towards Rome, the idea being that visitors from the capital would sight its dominating view as they approached, and then having to climb the triumphal terraces on arrival, become overawed in the process.
I have never been so immersed in a single attraction, apart from the ancient sites in Rome. The well-manicured gardens, the many fountains, geysers, and grottos were something out of this world. The great ambience of this place with all its surrounding is magical to the eye. NB: This was a part of an itinerary that I handed to my clients who frequented my travel agency in the 1980s.
Written May 31, 2020
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Brun066
Florence, Italy11,056 contributions
Thus asserts the historian of architecture Margherita Azzi Visentini (1995). The author continues noting how in the open air architecture of the Middle Ages the jets were mostly threadlike, sometimes according to an Arab-inspired model (Granada, Monreale). Then the achievements of this type in the early Renaissance begin to be more elaborate, also based on the reading of the theorists of antiquity (Vitruvius, Hero of Alexandria) taken up by modern theorists (Leon Battista Alberti). But only in the second half of the 16th century, "in Rome, did the rediscovery of the remains of spectacular nymphaeums of the imperial age combined with the study of Greek and Latin hydraulic treatises and literary works produce a new water architecture". This is how "water stairs" and "water chains" are born, especially in the villas of Lazio (such as Villa Lante in Bagnaia or Villa Aldobrandini in Frascati).
The gardens of Villa d’Este are therefore not an isolated episode: they are situated in a tradition that is consolidated and mature at the time of their construction by the architect Pirro Ligorio. But at the same time they can be defined as the sum expression of this Renaissance tradition, thanks to the primacy (which we have indicated in our title) of the mighty waterfalls (equaled or surpassed by Wilhelmsöhe, Peterhof, Caserta, but decades or centuries later), to the amazing "hydraulic organ ”, to the unequaled riot of waters (rich in symbols and allegories) of the “Viale delle cento fontane" (Avenue of the hundred fountains).
Written February 7, 2022
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Barb L
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States23 contributions
The hundreds of fountains in the gardens of Villa d'Este are amazing. While the structure itself is filled with rooms of art, it is the gardens that make this place special. The fountains work with gravity - they are not mechanical and there are truly over 100. The photos of the central fountain you see online do not do it justice. The views from the terrace are an added bonus.
Written April 2, 2022
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Lucy Theo
Sydney, Australia42 contributions
We rang in the morning to check the fountains would be operational as we had read other reviews saying they are sometimes out of order.
The lady on the telephone said that all but one fountain was working so we decided to travel from Rome to visit for the day. Upon arriving we were told that none of the fountains were working due to a fault. The price to enter was a still ten euros each, and no discount was offered. What an utter disappointment and a complete waste of time.

Written January 27, 2020
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kwiewiorowski
Poznan, Poland2,213 contributions
Yet another absolute must if you are in Rome. We booked a taxi to get there and travel back. There are few places in the world so delightful and enchanting and yet so old and venerable. You enter the Villa first and through a series of exquisitely decorated chambers enter the gardens which literally take your breath away. They are situated on an incline and slope down to the bottom along curvy paths lined with innumerable water features which on a hot July day were a veritable blessing. It is a magical place copied with variable success by many a king or magnate. Half a day should do. We bought the tickets on-line. Great place! There is a nice trattoria opposite the entrance where you could have lunch before or after visiting the Villa.
Written December 31, 2021
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Natalia2812
Moscow, Russia8 contributions
Solo
Recently I have booked a room at Villa d'este for my valued clients. It wasn't their first time at the hotel , they really liked the service, restaurants, beautiful park and so on and were always happy to spend there а few days. The safety of the guests and guest's items was the hotel's priority. But last time very unpleasant situation has happened. Two branded exclusive shirts were forgotten in a walk-in closet after check out. Next day we called the hotel to ask if they can deliver it to Milano but the hotel replied that they didn't find them in their room. Even after 2 weeks of investigation , checking all the rooms and videos from cameras and speaking with the housekeeping the shirts were not found. My clients were very upset and quite dissapointed and now they do not know if they want to come back in future to the hotel that once was their favourite accommodation in Como. After all most probably no!
Written October 6, 2020
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teemutmantsinen
89 contributions
Friends
A prime example of old priviledge. The villa itself interesting but there are many similar in Italy. The garden is vast and nice. There is scheduled 'musical show' or whatever they called it, with the water flow and air pressure or something - a bit dissappointing and primitive but we saw it.
Written January 18, 2020
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John M
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates85 contributions
A must visit for everyone in the area. Great interiors, amazing garden, water running all around and a commanding view of the surroundings. Especially on a sunny day, Villa d'Este will bewilder you with its art ad architecture.
Written January 29, 2020
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Selley83
Gateshead, UK20 contributions
Couples
Visit when it is sunny. An amazing array of fountains. Modern art inside creepy- give it a miss if not your thing. Take time to sit and listen to the water running and the birds chirping.
Written April 19, 2022
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advisorj
washington, dc329 contributions
This magnificent garden is built into a hillside so lots of steps and ramps. The house is not that interesting with some art exhibits and some original rooms with wall decorations. The fountains are unique and well worth the visit. They make you go all through the house to see the gardens and then after you use the exit you have to find your way backup the hill to the town.
Written November 3, 2021
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