Monuments - Lazio
Tivoli is a spa, about 30 km from Rome, but its fame is mainly due to the artistic beauties it contains, like Villa D’Este, with its splendid fountains, gardens and magnificent palace of the Renaissance, and Villa Adriana, the ancient residence of emperor Hadrian. The two villas are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Villa d’Este was commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este, son of Alfonso I d’Este and Lucrezia Borgia. Since 1550 until his death (1573) the Cardinal created a Palace surrounded by a spectacular terraced garden with fountains, waterfalls, pools, grottos, water jets and an hydraulic organ, which plays real music.
The villa is one of great 16th century masterpieces, a fine example of the Italian architecture and Italian Renaissance Gardens.
Visiting Hours: 8.30 a.m. - 7.45 p.m. (6.45 p.m. last entrance) - Monday from 02:00pm
Closed the following days: All Mondays morning, January 1st and December 25th
Hydraulic Organ: The hydraulic organ of the Organ Fountain is active daily, from 10.30 am, every two hours.
The Owl fountain is temporarily out of order.
The Villa Adriana is an exceptional complex of classical buildings, created in the 2nd century A.D. by the Roman emperor Hadrian. It combines the best elements of the architectural heritage of Egypt, Greece and Rome. The villa was a sumptuous complex of over 30 buildings, covering an area of more than 120 ha on the slopes of the Tiburtine Hills: most of them are still not jet excavated. The Villa included palaces, several thermae, theatre, temples, libraries, pools, fountains and gardens, nearby quarters for praetorians and slaves, and a complex system of underground passages.
Open 08.30 - 17.00 January and from october (winter time) to december
08.30 - 18.00 February
08.30 - 18.30 March (winter time)
08.30 - 19.00 March, April and september
08.30 - 19.30 from may to august
The ticket office closes one hour before closing time
Villa Gregoriana Park
Villa Gregoriana is a huge wild garden, lying on the slopes of the acropolis of Tivoli. The park is dominated by two roman temples, dedicated to Sybil and Tiburno, the founderS of the city. Villa Gregoriana was organized in 1835 by the Pope Gregory XVI after a terrible flood. He decided to deviate the Aniene river, in order to preserve the town of Tivoli. The project saw two tunnels being dug through Catillo Mountain, creating the so called grande cascata (big waterfall).
The park has been appreciated since 17th century by artists and poets, because of his archaeological ruins, extraordinary natural garden, gorges and cascades. It is a model of integration between art and nature.
From Tuesday to Sunday (March, November and December): 10 am to 4 pm; last admission at 3 pm.
From Tuesday to Sunday (April to October): 10 am to 6.30 pm; last admission at 5.30 pm.
Closed on Mondays and open during public holidays