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“Villa d'Este: A Tribute To The Water Spirits”
Review of Villa d'Este

Villa d'Este
Ranked #1 of 46 things to do in Tivoli
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed January 30, 2016

When you walk along the pathways in the garden at the Villa d’Este, when you climb the terraces next to spouting fountains and see water coming out of the mouth of a goddess or a satyr, you think you have been transported to a magical land of the gods and goddesses. You think you hear the whispering of voices when you near the ponds. Really it is just spouting water out of a fountain, but it sounds like water spirits. It is a pagan realm far away from the land of cars, boats, trains, and airplanes, far away from computers. I couldn’t even hear my cell phone because of the gurgling and plashing of the fountains that drown out even my thoughts and commanded my attention. It is the ultimate escape from the everyday, lackluster world.

Date of experience: May 2015
3  Thank Linda C
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Reviewed January 29, 2016

Heaven on Earth. You must visit this place and enjoy the fountains and nature. If you visit Rome and not visit the Villa d'Este making a big mistake ...

Date of experience: March 2015
1  Thank SasaSrbija
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Reviewed January 26, 2016 via mobile

Gorgeous villa and gardens with beautiful, breathtaking views. A must see!! Loved all the water fountains and features, lots of steps to do so could be a problem if you have reduced mobility. Unfortunately as part of a day trip, we only had just over an hour to walk round, so did not have enough time to see all around, so allow at least 3 hours for your visit to enable plenty of time to explore the many delights of this lovely place.

Date of experience: July 2015
2  Thank 154sunseeker
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Reviewed January 25, 2016

One of the best attractions I have visited so far in almost 50 years of my travelling which took me to 115 cities of 15 countries in 3 continents thus providing me opportunities to visit caves, gardens, museums, palaces, religious sites, shopping centers, waterfalls and many more types. This Italian Renaissance garden is a combination of many attractions – to name a few: a big beautiful fountain, a historical castle, a temple, a maritime theater, a cathedral, an art gallery and a gorgeous garden. The proverb “seeing is believing” fits perfectly for so many points of interest accumulated at this location. Guided tours of the garden and villa are available. It remained closed on Mondays. A UNESCO World Heritage site you feel the stunning look of gardens, the fragrance of the flowers and the flow of fountains. We acclaimed this masterpiece for its unusual mixture of antique art, paintings, captivating smell of citrus and the engineering expertise of Italian builders. Precisely words cannot state the splendor of this landmark.

Date of experience: January 2016
2  Thank Sagri2013
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Reviewed January 20, 2016 via mobile

Villa d'este in Tivoli, is a former convent turned pleasure palace by a 16th century Cardinal. The interior is richly frescoed but unfurnished. The grounds and fountains are the real stars of the show, dozens of opulent fountains, hundreds of water pipes, hundreds of feet of waterways, truly spectacular. Admission 8 euro, skip the 4 euro audio guide which is not user friendly and just repeats the information on Italian/English placards. The villa has shortened hours offseason, but it is orario continuato, so you don't have to work around a long lunch closure. The villa is a 10 to 15 minute walk from the train station, and you walk along the main shopping street of Tivoli, which is a charming and ancient town. Since it is only 30 km from Rome, you can do this as a day trip from Rome, and even combine it with a trip to nearby Villa Adrianna. The train is only 2.60 from Rome, or you can buy a day pass and take the bus.

Date of experience: January 2016
5  Thank mcmash
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