Tivoli Villa d'Este tour

Discover an Iconic Villa from Renaissance Times with a Guided Tour of Villa d'Este

Type: Small group tour (private options available); a ticket-only option is also available if you would like to discover the villa at your own pace
Duration: 2 hours
Availability: Daily, except national holidays
Special information: We recommend comfortable footwear


Features a detailed viewing of Villa d'Este, which dates back to the 16th century

Villa d'Este is a fine example of Renaissance architecture and dates back to the 16th century, when it was commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este - the grandson of Pope Alexander VI. He was appointed Governor of Tivoli by Pope Julius III, with the gift of the existing villa, which he entirely reconstructed to plans of Pirro Ligorio carried out under the direction of the Ferrarese architect-engineer Alberto Galvani. The palace was built over a Benedictine convent and contains delightfully frescoed reception rooms. However, the main attraction for visitors is the beautiful Villa d'Este gardens, which feature many water features and fountains. There is also a wide range of impressive fountains, including the grand Fountain of the Dragons, the Hundred Fountains and the gigantic Water Organ Fountain, which cascades down a huge drop into quiet, shady pools.


Tour itinerary

As a part of this Villa d'Este guided tour, our expert tour guide will take you around the site, allowing you to discover every aspect of the villa with a detailed description of the history of this famous location. As a part of this in-depth tour, you will discover:

  • the Fountain of the Dragons
  • the Hundred Fountains
  • a miniature water reproduction of Rome
  • the Water Organ Fountain

If you have booked a Tivoli or Rome holiday with us and would like to add this tour to your package, or you would like us to arrange any customised tour for you, please call one of our dedicated team on (UK) 01223 637331 or (US) 1-347-594-5500, or Click here to send us an enquiry.