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Villa d'Este

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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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Piazza Trento 5, 00019, Tivoli, Italy
+39 0774 312070
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All reviews day trip water features organ fountain ponte mammolo beautiful garden spectacular fountains the bus every turn tiburtina station numerous fountains visiting rome every corner cardinal ippolito worth the trip the main attraction well worth the visit two hours
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Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful place with amazing spots for pictures. We went there in May (sooooo hot), and since there are many fountains and ponds, the place is so fresh.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank hellobela
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Villa d’Este is very beautiful. It is one of the most beautiful places to see in the region of Lazio. One of the most beautiful places I have ever seen!

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank 245andib
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Villa once housed the local Cardinal and he must have lived like a prince. Although unfurnished now, the frescoes on the ceilings of the rooms are incredible. The grounds have numerous fountains, all of which are worthy of mention, but if you have a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Medvedjornak
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the one hour train ride from Rome to Tivoli. From the train station at Tivoli it is a ten minute brisk walk to the Villa d'Este. Both the villa itself and the gardens are wonderful and tell so much history of the grandees...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank MargretEA
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We got a train out of Rome Termini at 8.57 and got to Tivoli at 9.55, walked up the hill and turned right at the top and the entrance is on the right. We were there in time for the 10.30 organ fountain. The garden...More

Date of experience: January 2019
3  Thank KarenJanehoggan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arriving in January before 9am I had Villa d'Este all to myself while fulfilling a bucket list dream!

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Tivoli2019
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I travelled an hour from from because it says it closes at 7pm. At 5pm it was closed . Pathetic. No respect for people’s time

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank karimr689
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We only had a very short time because we came late in the day, but it was still worth it!! The fountains and the grounds are superb. I highly recommend it.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Madgnats
Reviewed January 17, 2019

Hearing the organ play from the power of the water running thru it was the highlight of our visit. This was a garden on my 'bucket list' and it did not disappoint.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Cora S
Reviewed January 15, 2019

We were told by a couple of people to go as its beautiful and it is one of the few gardens open in winter. The reality is that it really should just close its doors for winter. Garden is brown and shabby. Looks like it...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank timphoto
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Tim S
February 15, 2019|
Response from Greenclifflady | Reviewed this property |
You would need to go on the website to check.
January 5, 2019|
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Response from marycontheroad | Reviewed this property |
If you're going to Tivoli, don't miss a meal at L'Angolino di Mirko.
December 27, 2018|
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Response from Claire G | Reviewed this property |
Hi. We took a tour with Rome your way and were very satisfied. Unfortunately I cannot answer your question about walking/distance but I can say that the Villa requires some climbing since Tivoli is built on the mountainside... More
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London, United Kingdom
Driving from Rome to Villa d'Este, Tivoli (4 Replies)
Hi all, as stated in another thread, I'm taking my other half and her parents to Rome later this month, and I'm trying to piece together some sort of itinerary. :) I know they really went to go to Villa d'Este one day, so I've got to include that somewhere, but I'm worried about catching a bad-weather-day. To get around that, I'm thinking one of the days (when the weather's just right), we could rent a car and drive to Tivoli. But is that a good idea? I've never driven in Rome (and I've...More
October 08, 2011|
Response fromfatjack1|
It's a very bad idea to rent a car in Rome. I think that Monday, the Villa is closed. You might consider taking the train. The Villa is a short walk from the train station in Tivoli and after touring the Villa, have lunch at the Sabilla Restaurant in Tivoli which is not that far from the train station.
Melbourne, Australia
Best,most direct way to get to Villa D'Este, Tivoli Gardens. (1 Reply)
Hi! Am planning to be in Roma mid October....whats the best way to get there, and also being Autumn any added information will be appreciated. How long does it take by Bus Vs Train. We will be based near Campo di Fiori. Thanks.
June 10, 2013|
Pono F
Villa d'Este , Tivoli, Hadrian's villa (10 Replies)
Ciao, Taking elderly Mama to Rome and we want to visit Tivoli for a day...anyone know what a taxi might run to get to the Villa d'Este from Rome? Private guide and car with driver way too expensive and Train and bus not her thing...group bus tour too restrictive... I hear it's lovely and about an hour or less from Rome...this will be in early October... Thanks for any and all help!
June 24, 2013|
Response fromPono F|
Thanks a lot Lynn; will check it out! Appreciate it!