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Villa Adriana
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Tivoli Day Trip from Rome with Lunch Including Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este
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Small-Group Tour of Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este from Rome
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Ranked #3 of 55 things to do in Tivoli
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This is an exceptional complex of classical buildings built in the 2nd century AD by the Roman Emperor Hadrian, which reproduces the best elements of the cultures of Egypt, Greece and Rome in the form of an "ideal city."
Reviewed June 7, 2014

It's not hard to imagine the full grandeur of this historical (two millenia old) property. Be sure to get the audioguide. Some of the ruins are just stunning and you'll be sure to come away with some fabulous photos.

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Reviewed June 7, 2014

Both of these sites are worth seeing and provide a nice break from the faster pace of Rome. So, the question is, how does one go about seeing them while staying in Rome? They are a ways outside of the city and I am not sure whether they are on a bus route or not. It didn't matter to me as I chose a tour offered by Viator. I reviewed the tour on their website but doubt it will get published as they seem only to include 5 star ratings and mine was, generously, a 2! So, I will paraphrase my review here.

After booking I was notified that the tour operator was Greenline Tours. Who knew ? I guess Viator is a booking agent or something. On arrival, the group was loaded on the ubiquitous tour bus where we sat, without air conditioning for some 25 minutes while the whole tour group waited for two people to show up late. "They are on their way" we were told and the "front office" would not let the bus leave. Great. Screw the rest of us because the front office doesn't want to risk having to rebate 2 tour tickets! Once the folks with the broken wristwatches finally showed up, the bus rolled out to Hadrian's Villa where, on arrival, we again waited around for the guide to buy the tickets. Fortunately there was no line or our already late tour would have wasted more time! This same process was repeated at the next stop as well. Isn't there a way to pre buy these to save some time ?

The Villa itself was impressive as Roman ruins go. The problem was our "tour guide" seemed disinterested and added little in the way of information about the site as we trudged around after her. What she did say was largely lost since the company was too cheap to provide headsets. Oh yeah...almost forgot. I signed up for the English tour since, coincidentally, I speak English. I guess Viator didn't have enough French folks for their own tour so, not wanting to lose revenue, they stuck a couple on ours. They spoke English but requested French. So we ended up with a couple of sentences of information in English followed by what seemed like an encyclopedia worth of chatter in French. Anyone for a foreign language class?

After milling around Hadrian's Villa mostly on our own, we loaded up for Villa d'Este. This site is also interesting, mostly for the expansive gardens and sweeping views stretching out to Rome in the distance. Upon our arrival our guide told us to "walk around and be back by 6pm." Thanks. In all, our "half day" tour amounted to about 90 minutes on site. So, for about $95 per person, you might be able to find a better way to access these sites and, if you can, skip Viator.

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Reviewed May 27, 2014

We spent nearly 4 hours wandering all over the site and the various monuments. The scale of the place is awesome and there is so much still standing.
It must have been quite amazing in it's time.

Only criticism...we went on a Saturday morning. There was a long queue which moved incredibly slowly due to only having 1 cashier working.The majority of the people in the queue ahead of us were getting free tickets by showing their ID documents...surely the person standing at the entry stile checking you had a ticket could just have checked their IDs & passed them through? Needs to be better organised

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Reviewed May 26, 2014

We travelled from Tivoli and we must thank the Italian lady who gave us two of her tickets for the Cotral blue bus which is the Tivoli to Rome bus. We had bought tickets for the orange bus which takes you right to the site but the Blue ones are more regular. The disadvantage of the blue bus is that you get off on the main road to Rome and you walk about a mile to the site but you pass a great fruit shop and we walked eating the juiciest of stawberries. You get tickets for the Bus at the Tabac so tell them which you want and remember to validate them as you get on the bus. You can also buy tickets for the orange bus at the Villa. There are toilets in the middle of the site but I would advise taking a picnic and definitely a bottle of water. Prepare to be amazed.

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Reviewed May 26, 2014

The ruins of Hadrians Villa (Villa Adriano) cover a huge area and are fascinating and certainly worth visiting. The local bus service # 4 or 4X from Piazza Garibaldi in Tivoli is convenient and costs only 1 euro each way. The entry fee is 11 euros. All the park signage includes english translations and is informative. There was also a special exhibition of statues which runs until September 2014. It was disappointing to note the total disinterest displayed by the staff throughout the villa. No map is provided with your entry fee. Staff are not welcoming and we noticed that most of the time they were more interested in reading their smartphones. There were many areas that were cordoned off due to building work. However, the solitary building worker we observed was simply standing around doing nothing. Better management would really enhance this fascinating world heritage site.

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