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Tivoli Hilltop Town

Historic hilltop Tivoli, 28 km E. of Rome is a popular day excursion - only 1 hour away by bus.
Most visitors come to see the garden of fountains that is Villa d'Este but the town itself should not be neglected as we discovered. Narrow medieval streets with turretted houses and belltops add to the charm of this place which reminded me of tuscan hilltop towns.

The Renaissance Villa d'Este was built in the 1550s for Cardinal Hippolyte d'Este, the son of Lucretia Borgia. Its gardens and fountains are still a pleasure to explore even though the fountains no longer operate as they once did with their musical interactions. The water pressure for the fountains comes from the downhill flow of the River Tiber.

Hadrian' s Villa

Emperor Hadrian had this enourmous imperial palace - with its many baths and theatres, constructed at Tibur, down the hill from Tivoli, and used it as his residence of choice when he was in Rome. It consisted of more than 30 buildings, covering over 120 hectares. The villa is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. the ruins are fascinating and a day alone could be spent here exploring this vast site. The lakes there with their surrounding statuary were perfect for capturing my favoured reflection pictures too!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A great day out from Rome
  • Cons:there's a lot to see in one day
  • In a nutshell:A refreshing contrast from Rome
  • Last visit to Tivoli: Mar 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • icunme's Profile Photo
    Oct 27, 2009 at 8:05 AM

    Hi Sandy - Thanks for your note. Made it to Tivoli and got no further than Villa d'Este the entire day! Good excuse to go back to Hadrian's for another day trip. Grazie, <(??)>

  • EllenH's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2005 at 1:16 PM

    all those fountains! looks like a lovely place.

  • croisbeauty's Profile Photo
    Apr 22, 2005 at 2:24 AM

    Can't belive you was here, it is on the top of my wish list! Have you been to restaurant Sibilla?

  • SFHulaGIrl's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2004 at 2:29 PM

    Wonderful work. Tivoli & Hadrian's Villa are must-sees on my next trip to Italy. Beautiful reflections photos, too!

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2004 at 4:11 PM

    Comprehensive as usual and no, we don't mind your indulgences!

  • Sassy417's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2003 at 2:51 AM

    Very nice picture and entry!

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2003 at 9:16 AM

    Superb! I had thousand reasons to love your Italian pages! Now they are thousand and one! Great Work Sandy dear!

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2003 at 4:04 PM

    Excellent page Sandy! Beautiful photos! The Canopus is fantastic for reflection photos indeed! I can never get enough of seeing those reflection photos of yours! I see I missed a lot by not going to Villa d'Esta! Wow, so beautiful!

  • janika's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2003 at 3:55 PM

    I remember Tivoli. My brother was born there. Did you see the thermal bath, coming from Rome, on your right hand side? It's on via Tiburtina, right before the Pirelli tire factory.

  • Maurizioago's Profile Photo
    Apr 25, 2003 at 12:21 PM

    Beautiful pictures. The name of the place is "Villa d'Este", not "Villa d'Esta". Bye.


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