TIVOLI – Villas, Waters, and Wealth. A Day Trip from Rome

A day trip from Rome took me to Tivoli where I found mesmerizing villas and playful waters. In short, the remnants of Antique Roman wealth.

View of Tivoli from Hadrian's Villa,  seen when visiting the Villas on a Day Trip
The so-called Poecile with the Roman Campagna in the backdrop.

Mind you, already Mr. Hadrian used to spend relaxing weekends at Tivoli almost 2,000 years ago.

So when I had to choose just one day trip from Rome, I finally decided against hitting the beach. With a little yearning for the sea, I bought a ticket and went in the opposite direction. Straight to the Roman Campagna.

The luxurious holiday resort of Emperors and Popes sounded too exceptional to resist.

Tivoli

Tivoli – but isn’t that this old-fashioned amusement park in Copenhagen?
Yes, indeed.
However, the true Tivoli lies around 30 kilometers east of Rome. It was this town that gave all those amusement parks their name.

View of the surroundings of Tivoli,  seen when visiting the Villas on a Day Trip
The hilly surroundings of Tivoli.

It’s on the western slopes of the Tiburtina Mountains and the Aniene River. This idyllic location has attracted first emperors, then artists, and now tourists.

How it all Began

Roman age

Tiber, Tibur, Tiberius – the Roman river, the Etruscan Tivoli, or the ancient Latin name – they are all honoring Tiburtus. According to Roman mythology, Amphiaraus’ grandson Tiburtus came to Italy to found Tibur, today’s Tivoli.

In 90 BC, the city became part of Rome. Its beauty and excellent waters made it a famed resort so that wealthy Romans commissioned beautiful villas in the area.

The so-called Poecile with the Roman Campagna in the backdrop, seen when visiting the Villas in Tivoli on a Day Trip
View of Tivoli from the Villa Adriana.

The most famous one, of which today only ruins remain, has been the Villa Adriana. On the city’s outskirts, Emperor Hadrian commissioned this extensive complex as his summer residence.

Eventually, in the 8th century AD, Charlemagne conquered Italy. Henceforth, Tivoli was under the authority of a Count, serving the Emperor.

From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance

In the Middle Ages, Tivoli was one of the most important places around Rome. Actually, it was Rome’s most ardent rival regarding the power over central Lazio.
From the 10th century onwards, Tivoli was an independent commune. It was governed by elected consuls.

Decorated house corner in Tivoli, seen when visited the Villas on a Day Trip
Magnificent art at every corner.

During the Renaissance era, popes and cardinals did not limit their improving and embellishing activities to Rome. They also commissioned buildings in Tivoli.

In 1461, Pope Pius II built the massive Rocca Pia as a symbol of the permanence of papal power.

Rocca Pia in Tivoli, seen when visiting the Villas on a Day Trip
Rocca Pia is an imposing fortress with four towers from the 15th century.

From the 16th century, the city experienced further construction of villas.

Tivoli Today

Yes, Tivoli is a cute little town. But if you’ve been to other places in Italy, it probably won’t overwhelm you.

Street of Tivoli with view of the Parrocchia San Biagio, seen when visiting the Villas on a Day Trip
Church of San Biagio di Tivoli from the 14th century.

The most alluring attractions are definitely the three villas. However, you’ll need an entire day if you plan on visiting all three of them.

Santa Maria Maggiore right next to the villa d'Este in Tivoli,  seen when visiting the Villas on a Day Trip
Santa Maria Maggiore was built in the very early 12th century. You’ll find this house of worship right next to the entrance to the Villa d’Este.

If you have more time to spare, there is also the above-mentioned fortress Rocca Pia. Then, there are the Tivoli Cathedral, the Roman Temple of the Tosse, and the Temple of Hercules. All three landmarks are within walking distance from the Villa d’Este.

Olives, seen on a day trip to the Villas in Tivoli
Olives from Tivoli.

Apart from tourism, Tivoli’s main sources of income are the vineyard and olive groves on the neighboring hills. They add this specific Italian flair to the rolling hills and pleasing landscape.

Villa Gregoriana

Of the three sites that I’m introducing in this post, the Villa Gregoriana is actually the youngest complex. Howsoever, it’s the first villa you’ll reach when coming from Tivoli’s train station. Hence, I opted for order by geography rather than chronology.

The Villa Gregoriana is actually a large park. Here, you can enjoy the charming ensemble of ancient Roman elements and a romantic garden.

Villa Gregoriana's powerful waterfall in Tivoli, seen on a day trip when visiting the Villas
Villa Gregoriana’s powerful waterfall.
(Photo: trolvag, Tivoli, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy – panoramio – trolvag (13), cropped 2:3, CC BY-SA 3.0)

Pope Gregory XVI. commissioned the greeneries of the Villa Gregoriana. After the devastating flood of 1826, he intended to protect Tivoli from the destructive floods of the Aniene. Hence, he built a waterfall as an outlet for the river’s waters. Today, this chute plunges 120 meters down into the villa.

As a matter of fact, he tried to combine the useful with the aesthetic.

Note

Maybe this is a fine moment to make clear that a villa in Italian doesn’t refer exclusively to a mansion. That would be rather a palazzo. Villa describes rather a manor or estate. Therefore, it might be confusing that the Villa Borghese in Rome is not some fat crib but a spacious park.
So don’t worry, the waterfall running into the villa will not cause any water damage.

The Acropolis of the Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli, seen when visiting the Villas  on a Day Trip
The Temple of Vesta on the Villa Gregoriana’s Acropolis

To adorn the gardens of the Villa Gregoriana, ruins of the former villa of Manlius Vopiscus were placed there. Also, steps, paths, and passageways were added. The work was then completed in 1835.

Villa d’Este

Also, the glorious Villa d’Este can be easily reached by walking. Coming either from the train station or the Villa Gregoriana, you cross the Piazza Massimo. At the next corner, you turn from the Viale Roma right into the Vicolo dei Sosii. Up a narrow alley, you find yourself at Tivoli’s historic center.

Entrance to the Villa d'Este in Tivolo, seen on a day trip from Rome
Come in: Entrance to the Villa d’Este.

The Villa d’Este is the most important landmark in the downtown area. Consequently, there are signs and you’ll easily find your way to the Piazza Trento.

Entrance court of the Villa d'Este in Tivoli on a day trip from Rome
The cortile, the courtyard of the Villa d’Este.

Here, right next to the church Santa Maria Maggiore, is the entrance to the truly spectacular premises.

Commissioning a Masterpiece

From 1550, Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este was the governor of Tivoli. For having ecclesiastical as well as secular ties, he became one of the wealthiest cardinals of his time.

View of the Roman Campagna from the Villa d'Este in Tivoli
A monastery with a view.

His residence at a former Benedictine monastery soon did not meet the Cardinal’s requirements anymore. On the other hand, it had a fantastic view of the landscape, greeneries, as well as extensive water reservoirs.

Sala della Caccia, the Hunting Room by Antonio Tempesta inside the Villa d'Este in Tivoli
The endless suite of rooms – all richly decorated – seen from the Sala della Caccia, the Hunting Room by Antonio Tempesta.

Therefore, Ippolito, instead of chartering a U-Haul-truck, planned a garden on the slopes of the Valle Gaudente below his palace. The artist and architect Pirro Ligorio sketched the blueprint. Court architect Alberto Galvani then implemented the designs.

Sala di Noé, the chamber of Noah inside the Villa d'Este in Tivoli
The artistic ceiling of the Sala di Noé, the chamber of Noah, painted by Matteo Neroni and Durante Alberti.

The best artists of late Roman Mannerism such as Durante Alberti, Girolamo Muziano, Cesare Nebbia, Antonio Tempesta, and Federico Zuccari The rooms of the palace richly decorated the walls and ceilings.

Inside the Villa d'Este in Tivoli
Noah thanking God for salvation by ending the Great Flood by Matteo Neroni and Durante Alberti.

After Ippolito

33 years after Ippolito’s death, his successor Cardinal Alessandro d’Este commissioned further work in 1605.
The existing systems were restored, but the overall conception of the gardens changed extensively. Also, the decorations of the fountains were renewed. Now, even Roman superstar Gian Lorenzo Bernini was involved.

In the 18th century, the complex, then owned by the House of Habsburg, decayed from poor maintenance.
The gardens ran to seeds, the fountains ran dry, and the ancient statues collapsed.

 Stanza della Nobiltá, the Room of the Nobility, painted by Federico Zuccari inside the Villa d'Este in Tivoli
Wonderful frescoes around an old fireplace at the Stanza della Nobiltá, the Room of the Nobility, painted by Federico Zuccari.

This decline lasted until the middle of the 19th century. Then, Gustav-Adolf Prinz zu Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst received the villa from the Dukes of Modena. The Prince initiated a series of restorations in 1851.

The Tiburtine Room by Cesare Nebbia at the Villa d'Este in Tivoli.
The Tiburtine Room by Cesare Nebbia.

In 1869, Franz Liszt, who had visited the Prince a couple of times, moved to the Villa d’Este. Here he composed three piano pieces that he later included in the album Années de pèlerinage.

At the end of the First World War, the villa became the property of the Italian state. In the 1920s, after extensive renovation, it was opened to the public.

The Gardens

While the mansion’s walls and ceilings are just superb, the part that will just blow you away is the gardens. They are an exquisite masterpiece of gardening art’n’architecture. From the villa’s terrace, they extend down a slope.

On 4.5 hectares, you’ll more than 500 fountains, water features, grottos, and basins as well as a water organ. The natural gradient could be an obstacle. But if anything, it was for the artful designs of the enormous facility.

The garden consists of two parts with quite different characters. On the upper part, the famous Avenue of the Hundred Fountains connects the Fontana dell’Ovato with the Fontana della Rometta.

Avenue of the Hundred Fountains
at the Villa d'Este in Tivoli, seen on a day trip from Rome
Avenue of the Hundred Fountains as seen for instance in Woody Allen’s film From Rome With Love.

The Ovato forms the most important water reservoir on the premises. A branch of the Aniene river emerges through an underground waterway. Then, it is distributed to other canals feeding into the system. On top of an artificial mountain above the fountain is a Pegasus statue.

Fontana dell'Ovato or Tivoli Fountain
Fontana dell’Ovato, also known as the Tivoli Fountain.

At the western end of the Fountain Avenue is the Fontana di Rometta. Sadly, a backdrop that depicted ancient Rome was largely demolished around 1855. This fountain represents Rome’s cultural heyday.

Fontana della Rometta in Tivoli
Fontana della Rometta.
Although this Lupa Romana looks like an angry bear, no monument to Rome would be complete without a wolf nourishing Romulus and Remus.

Going Down

As you continue down the stairs to the garden’s lower part, you pass more beautiful sculptures and fountains.

Three fish ponds with the Neptune Fountain and the water organ in the backdrop.
View of the fish ponds with the Neptune Fountain and the water organ in the backdrop.

On the lower garden level, you’ll find three large fish ponds in a row. The last basin cuts into the north-eastern slope and is closed off by a double terrace. Here are the imposing Neptune Fountain and the amazing water organ. It used to be water-powered until the end of the 18th century.

Fish ponds in Tivoli
View of the fish ponds.

Only recently, it has been repaired and can be heard again since 2003. The organ has 144 pipes controlled by a water-powered pin roller. It can play four Renaissance pieces lasting for four minutes in total. Beginning at 10.30 a. m., the organ plays every two hours.

Water organ in Tivoli.
The water organ.

On the opposite side, Ligorio built an exedra that protrudes from the garden’s boundary. From here you have a truly overwhelming panoramic view of the valley.

Tivoli Gardens
Lush gardens.

One of the most impressive fountains is the Fontana di Diana Efesia. It is a copy of the famous statue of Diana of Ephesus. Flemish sculptor Gillis Van den Vliete made it in the late 16th century.

Villa d'Este Tivoli Fontana di Diana Efesia or Madre Natura
Villa d’Este Tivoli Fontana di Diana Efesia or Madre Natura

Diana of Ephesus is the lady of the woods and wildlife, guardian of springs and streams, protector of women, and, therefore, invoked by women at childbirth.

Angel sculpture in front of the water organ in Tivoli.
An angel floating in a shell through the basin of the water fountain.

Hadrian’s Villa

As I looked up on google maps how to get to Hadrian’s Villa walking, it seemed absolutely doable. About five kilometers that I could easily walk in one hour.

However, once I was there, it got really hot. Also, I had already visited the other sites. Hence, I was not that keen on hiking along a road with kids waving at me from the backseat of their parents’ cars. So with the help of my cellphone and a friendly young Italian, I checked for a convenient bus connection. The coach dropped me off right at the Villa’s main entrance. And you should do that, too.

The Emperor’s Retirement Home

The Hadrian’s Villa was built from 118 to 134 AD. It was the Emperor’s summer residence and retirement home.

The olive grove at the Villa Adriana with the city of Tivoli in the backdrop
The olive grove of the Villa Adriana.

It consists of 125 hectares of built-up area and green spaces. They are making it the largest and most elaborate palace complex that a Roman emperor had ever commissioned. The gigantic complex was also a form of imperial power staging, obviously.

Hadrian’s villa was part of the country estates of the Roman aristocracy. Roman nobles often commissioned mansions on the cities’ outskirts. It made them suitable for varied leisure activities.

The Courtyard of Libraries at Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli.
The Courtyard of Libraries.

Supposedly, amidst the large area later used by Hadrian, there had already been a villa during the Republican era. It is assumed that the Gens Vibia, the family of Hadrian’s wife Sabina, owned that predecessor villa. Later, it was replaced by Hadrian’s extensive estate.

After Hadrian

After Hadrian’s death, the villa passed into the possession of the subsequent emperors, but was much less used. Eventually, in the 3rd century with the founding of Constantinople, bad decay and looting began. Statues, high-quality marble, and other parts were removed.

The Nymphaeum with the Temple of Venus at the Villa Adriana in Tivoli.
The Nymphaeum with the Temple of Venus.

Despite all the removals and robberies, about 300 works of art were found in the Villa Adriana. Today, they are mostly presented in various museums, for example in the Vatican Museums in Rome.

Particularly precious are the mosaics found in the triclinium of the Small Palace in 1779. The world-famous Centaur mosaic has been in the Altes Museum in Berlin since 1848.

Picking Up the Pieces

In the 15th century, the Villa Adriana gained importance as an extraordinary ancient ensemble of remnants. It gained new fame and was a fine model for many baroque gardens.

An allegory of the river Nile on the Canopy at the Villa Adriana in Tivoli.
An allegory of the river Nile at the Canopus of the Villa Adriana. 

Rather an estate than a mansion, it is the best-preserved complex of this type from Roman times.

Statue of Ares, the Greek God of War at the Villa Adriana in Tivoli.
Statue of Ares, the Greek God of War.

But the multifaceted architecture of the Villa Adriana reflected also the impressions from Hadrian’s travels. He had extensively ventured to the provinces of the Roman Empire, especially to Greece and Egypt.

By the Waters

Author and natural philosopher Pliny the Elder wrote about Tivoli’s waters in his encyclopedia Naturalis Historia. “The greatest of all aqueducts in the whole world, the highest in freshness and cleanliness for the glory of the city is that Aqua Marcia. Among all the gifts that the gods have given the city. ”

Butting in: The Canopus with a view of the so-called Serapeum.

The water requirements of Hadrian’s villa were met by an underground hydraulic system. There weren’t only thermal baths, but also basins, ponds, and ornamental fountains. A separate supply aqueduct provided the villa with water.

To this date, the basins such as the Poecile, the Canopus, and the Teatro Maritimo are the villa’s most picturesque features.

Practical Information

How to Get to Tivoli on a Day Trip

For a day trip, Tivoli is the perfect location. Only 30 kilometers east of Rome, it can be reached in about one hour.

Obviously, you can drive there. However, taking the train will possibly be less stressful. Most trains are leaving from the station Roma Tiburtina, however, there are also connections from Roma Termini. You can check convenient connections on google maps as well as on the website of trenitalia, the national train company. It’s very clear and well-functioning. Also, you can buy your ticket online.

Once you get to Tivoli, you can reach the Villa Gregoriana and Villa d’Este walking. To get to the Villa Adriana, however, you should take the bus. Even though it’s only six kilometers from the town center, it’s simply not a nice route.

My Tip

The buses from Tivoli to the Villa Adriana are not going very often. Hence, I recommend that you first check the schedule at the bus station on Piazza Massimo. Then you can plan your visit accordingly. If the bus is coming soon, you wait for it. If not, you first visit the other two villas and take a later bus.

The local C.A.T. bus offers many connections departing from the center of Tivoli to the Villa Adriana. You can check the schedules on this website. Look for bus #4 towards Campolimpido.

Note that you cannot buy your ticket from the driver! You have to obtain it for instance at a bar or a newspaper stand. Then, you have to devaluate it at the machine on the bus.

For the way back, you can purchase bus tickets at Villa Adriana’s ticket booth.

Planning Your Visit

To visit the villas, you need tickets, obviously.

The general admission to the Villa Gregoriana are 6 €uros. The other two villas cost you 12 €uros each. Unfortunately, there is no collective ticket.

Villa Gregoriana

During high season from April to October, the villa is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a. m. to 6.30 p. m.

In March, November, and December, opening times are between 10 a. m. and 3 p. m.

In January and February as well as Mondays, the Villa Gregoriana is closed to the public.

Villa d’Este

The villa opens at 8.30 a. m. from Tuesday to Sunday.
The closing times differ from 4.45 p. m. during the Winter months to 7.30 p. m. from May to August.

Therefore, please check their website before you’re going.
That’s something you should always do, anyway.

Hadrian’s Villa

The villa opens at 8.30 a. m. The closing times differ from 5 p. m. in January to 7.30 p. m. during the summer months.
Therefore, please check their website before you’re going.
That’s something you should always do, anyway.

Where to Stay

Of course, you can also spend the night in Tivoli. Here are some ideas of where to say*:

Booking.com

Where to Eat

Where to Eat? Tivoli is catering to tourists, hence there are many restaurants in town. In general, they are a bit cheaper than in Rome.

Dining al fresco around the Largo Cesare Battisti.

So you certainly won’t be starving and you don’t need to burn a hole in your wallet.
There is a good choice of small restaurants around the square Largo Cesare Battisti. A particular scenic place to enjoy lunch or dinner is around the Piazza Trento. This is also the square from where you enter the Villa d’Este.

Cash And Cards

At Tivoli, you can pay by credit card at all major businesses and also at the three villas. There are also banks and ATMs.

Since 2001, 19 European countries paying with €uros, and Italy is, obviously, one of them. The exchange rate is 1 US$ = 0,85 EUR (October 2020), but you can check the conversion on this page.

Language

Although Tivoli is quite touristy, people don’t necessarily speak English fluently. At least not voluntary. So while they halfheartedly make an effort to understand what you’d like, they’ll probably snort and roll their eyes. Don’t take it personally.

Anyway, you might want to learn some basic Italian vocabulary on babbel.

Map

This map will make finding the sites that I’m introducing in this post easy for you:

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87 Replies to “TIVOLI – Villas, Waters, and Wealth. A Day Trip from Rome”

  1. Such a Interesting read and beautiful photos .Looks like a great spot to learn about the villas .

  2. I have never heard of Tivoli but it’s for sure a place I want to visit now. Oh my goodness it’s so ancient and beautiful. These pictures are sublime and don’t even get me started on the history of this place either. I always learn so much about the history of places on your blog! Thanks for sharing.

      1. indeed. especially as Italy is one of my favorite destinations all the time. So much history and nature and, can’t deny it, lots of friends. been there 7 times and will never stop

  3. When you’ve mentioned a luxury getaway in Rome, I got interested and indeed, this old getaway in Tivoli is such a gorgeous sight. You are so lucky to visit this place, and I’m glad that you shared your experience with us. I would love to visit Tivoli in the future!

  4. I have never heard of Tivoli, but I want to go right now. From the first picture, you had me. I would love to walk around and see all the art on every corner. Tivoli looks like an amazing place to visit.

  5. It looks it was a great day trip. Thanks for sharing interesting facts, and some beautiful photos. I like photos of the gardens most. Nina

  6. This looks like a great place to have a day trip. I have never heard of this place before but it looks quite interesting…

  7. I love your travel articles especially you make it so convenient for anyone planning to visit the places. I love to visit Tivoli and refer your post for the planning.

  8. I’ve always wanted to visit Italy so badly. It looks so incredible. Your photos are beautiful. The buildings and landscapes there are stunning! Thank you so much for sharing!

  9. I’ve been to Rome but never to Tivoli and after reading this I am so mad I didn’t visit it. This looks amazing!

  10. When I read Tivoli I did automatically think of Copenhagen actually! I didn’t know that it was a location in Italy too – such an interesting place!

  11. Wow! Love this article , handy when travelled to Rome , this detailed information makes me think of visiting this lovely place.

  12. Wow! Tivoli, such a beautiful, historical, interesting place to visit.
    I read about Rome history but never heard about Tivoli before.
    That was such an educational and interesting read!

  13. Yes, Tivoli is one of my favorite places to see in the outskirts of Rome and Villa d’Este is a must-see, the garden is simply too beautiful to pass and you will have a wonderful view on the terrace! – Knycx journeying

  14. really enjoyed my read of this travel story while am staying at home due to the pandemic, love the beautiful captures shared. Am adding this to my to travel list. cheers, sienny

  15. I had no idea Tivoli was a city in Italy and not just an amusement park in Denmark! But now that I know, I’m fascinated by this place. I love all your photos of the Villas. The gardens are lovely. Thanks for sharing all the great tips for visiting as well.

  16. Tivoli looks beautiful and full of interesting history. Thanks for the pictures and descriptions of what someone can expect when visiting.

  17. I love learning about Roman art and architecture. This post checks off all that I am looking for in a perfect day trip in Italy. Thank you for putting this post together – your photos transported me to Tivoli instantly!

  18. What a wonderful detailed guide to Tivoli. I also love the photos, especially the frescoes. During the lockdown in spring I spent a lot of time learning Italian and have already made lists of places to visit, when it is possible again. Tivoli was quite high on my list anyway – but your post pushed it even higher up. Thanks!

  19. georgous locations,,,wish i could be there someday,,for us who lives in asia it will not come cheap….but who knows i might be able to tour around this places

  20. Looks like the perfect day trip from Rome I would love to do! Your pictures are beautiful especially the first one Poecile with the Roman Campagna. There is so much history and ancient architecture to take in. Bookmarking this for my future reference. 🙂

  21. I would probably eat my weight in Olive in Tivoli! What a fun place to explore on a day trip from Rome but I may have to check it out for a bit longer than one day as the art alone would keep me occupied. Such amazing murals throughout places like Stanza della Nobiltá and other areas. But even the street art looks beautiful. For my second day, I may spend my time exploring all the water features and gardens.

  22. I’d heard of Tivoli but never considered visiting. What a beautiful place! These villas are beautiful but it looks like the gardens are even more spectacular. Great to have tips on how to visit using the buses too. Having driven in Italy, I would probably avoid it if I could 😉

  23. We will have to plan to visit Tivoli on our next visit to Rome. We would definitely want to visit all three landmarks. And take some time to enjoy Villa Gregoriana. The beautiful design of the former Benefictine monastery would be something to see. The art seems to be still vibrant with colour. And those gardens and fountains deserve some time. All of this and Hadrian’s Villa too! We would definitely need more than one day to see it all.

  24. Oh, Tivoli seems absolutely amazing! I’ve only really visited Rome and Milan (and it’s been a while since I’ve been to either). I soooo want to be able to travel again soon! <3

  25. I was examining some of your blog posts on this internet site and I believe this internet site is real instructive! Keep posting .

  26. It would be great to see Villas with lovely nature in Tivoli and good to know that it is a day trip from Rome. I missed Tivoli due to lack of time, but next time, I would put Tivoli in my itinerary for sure. Villa Gregoriana looks very beautiful with lots of greenery. I loved the church and cobbled stoned alleys of this city.

  27. The towns in Italy so entwined with Roman history. I have never heard of Tivoli before. It is interesting to hear that this region is also home to olive cultivation and olive oil. This does look like an authentic Italian town. Someday, perhaps, I will visit.

  28. We took a day trip to Tivoli from Rome and absolutely loved it. The ingenuity used to create all of the fountains is so amazing!

  29. “The luxurious holiday resort of Emperors and Popes” – Reading this, while sitting thousands of miles away from Tivoli, I already feel tempted to visit this pretty place. I can imagine why you chose this over a beach when you had the chance to make only one day trip from Rome. Also, thank you for providing the additional context around ‘Villa’ in Italian. 🙂

  30. Thank you for the article. The only Tivoli I knew was the soccer stadium in Aachen.
    Your article is fascinating and so are the photos – especially the photos from the monastery. What a beautiful place.

  31. What an incredible post! I considered doing Tivoli as a day trip from Rome when I visited in 2018 but opted for Ostia Antica instead. However, I’m fortunate enough to be living in Italy now, so as soon as COVID is no longer a problem (or less of a problem) – I’m visiting Tivoli ASAP! Pinned this for future reference. Incredible photos!!

  32. This is the first time I read about Tivoli, and i had absolutely no idea that such a gem is just 30 miles from Rome. It sure makes for one amazing Day Trip.

    Fun Fact – Had I not read this, I wouldn’t have realised that Villa is not just a big mansion but rather an estate in Italy.

    Even when i visited Italy 2 years back, It never crossed my mind that Villa might mean something different, even though i strolled in the expansive photogenic gardens, which were part of some Villa.

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