Villa d'Este
Villa d'Este
4.5
8:45 AM - 7:45 PM
Monday
2:00 PM - 7:45 PM
Tuesday
8:45 AM - 7:45 PM
Wednesday
8:45 AM - 7:45 PM
Thursday
8:45 AM - 7:45 PM
Friday
8:45 AM - 7:45 PM
Saturday
8:45 AM - 7:45 PM
Sunday
8:45 AM - 7:45 PM
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Started by architect and historian, Pirro Liggori in 1549, for Cardinal Ippolito dEste, this famous villa estate is one of the finest examples of Renaissance residence and garden architecture and design.
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  • Mary R
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania1,064 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Villa D'Este Eternally Enchants
    If someone were to ask me what were my favorite Rome visits, Villa d'Este would be very much at the top of the list, even though these gorgeous gardens are located outside of the city in Tivoli. First, the setting is just wonderfully serene, tranquil, and brimming with beauty. It probably helped that I toured here on the day of my wedding anniversary, as the location is so spectacularly romantic. Yes, the villa building itself is lovely, with pretty rooms highly decorated and an overall sense of historic presence. But it is the outside settings that truly capture the mind--fountains exploding, water dancing, playful designs, shady walks, captivating views, and even Renaissance music from a grand water organ. I took many photos here, but visiting Villa D'Este is much more than just a visual feast. The sense of walking in timeless elegance and enchantment will be a special emotional memory I will treasure for the rest of my life!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 26 July 2023
  • MumTraveler
    Saugatuck, Michigan10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice reprieve from the summer heat
    We spent 3 hours here and could have spent longer. The villa is nice, but the gardens are phenomenal--especially in the heat of July. The organ fountain plays every 2 hours, starting at 10:30 AM, so be sure to time your walk in order to catch it. Took the train from Rome Tiburtina and it was an easy walk from the station.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 31 July 2023
  • LSQRD1
    Kent, Ohio820 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mesmerizing and enchanting
    Villa d'Este is located in Tivoli and has a couple of nearby shops. The villa itself has some nice frescoes including some of the property. The highlight, of course, is the fountains. They mesmerizing and enchanting. They are located across several levels and there is a fair amount of walking up and down. Each area has great visuals and, if you come at the right time, they have a water powered organ in one of the fountains that plays. Truly awesome!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Aimée
    Watton, United Kingdom68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful villa, stunning gardens. Definitely worth the drive to Tivoli to visit.
    The most gorgeous gardens we have ever been to. Beautiful fountains, stunning views, relaxing to meander around at your own pace. Entrance includes a self-guided tour around the charming villa too. The sound of water is everywhere and it is wonderful.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Mark T
    Brisbane, Australia70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Villa D'Este
    Had a fantastic day at Villa d'Este. Such a lovely setting and beautiful surrounds. Very easy and cheap to do on your own. Get a train to Ponte Mammolo on the B line. Purchase a bus ticket there to Tivoli and catch it upstairs on platform 2
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 September 2023
  • Donna D
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical
    This garden was absolutely magical. It is very well kept, which we appreciated because some of the garde spaces we saw in Rome were not so well groomed. The fountains were magnificent. Clearly the inspiration for other lovely fountains and gardens we have seen elsewhere. The only disappointment was that the organ fountain did not have water flowing in accompaniment to the organ music. But the organ show was fun to see anyways. Hydraulically powered by technology from 1500’s!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 September 2023
  • Jeffrey H
    57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Resort!!
    This is a really special place. It is a breathtakingly elegant resort. Our room faced the lake and was very spacious. The views of the lake are terrific!! Luca, the hotel manager, is a first rate individual. We had occasion to meet him, and it was our pleasure. The hotel grounds are like something out of a fairy tale. There is a large pool, and at the end of the pool is wonderful access to the Lake. Definitely swim in the Lake. The water was refreshing, but not too cool. We ate dinner at the hotel one night. The food and service were both outstanding....what you would expect. The breakfasts (which came with our room) were excellent as well. We were able to sit outside on the Terrace for each meal. The Terrace abuts the Lake. We took a nice 45 minute hike on the grounds which is worth it for the views. We also took a great hike up out of town...Lo Sieto (??Sp.) It was a wonderful well marked trail with incredible views. The drive (15 minutes) there was pretty exciting with lots of switchbacks. This is a truly special and romantic spot. It is quite expensive, but you only live once.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 September 2023
  • texas_traveler750
    Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas176 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Gardens are spectacular
    This villa is well preserved, but its the grounds that are the star. The gardens themselves will take approx 45 min to explore, as there are moments of awe around every turn. Its pretty impressive the fountains were all created without pumps. Tivoli is a bit off the beaten path, but if you find yourself hitting this town, this the #1 attraction.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 October 2023
  • Sconne21
    Newbury, United Kingdom51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    This is a really lovely place. There are quite a few paintings in the house and most are remarkable. There is also some modern 'art' but luckily that was minimal. The gardens are beautiful and tiered, with a number of fountains on every level. You can drink from some of the fountains. It is worthwhile booking tickets in advance because then you skip the queue to get in (I went October 2023, arriving at around 11am). I got the combination ticket online but wish I had only bought the single ticket for there (the Hercule Victore place is quite far and not really worth the walk from d'Este, and Hadrian's Villa was very far away and difficult to get back from, despite my extensive research beforehand and the options I had in place). You can easily spend 3 hours here. It is clear with a few places to sit for a rest or picnic. Eating facilties are limited so I recommend taking your own food. There are toilets but not really enough of them.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 October 2023
  • Laura K
    8 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Flashy
    This mostly Renaissance-era garden is pretty flashy, but the most spectacular of its fountains was actually built in the 1920s. It was disappointing that the old one had not been retained and simply repaired after the war. The villa itself had an excellent art exhibit, comparing ancient and contemporary art. Tivoli itself is a great town and has lots of eateries and B&Bs. I recommend seeing Villa Adriana first, spend the night, then Villa D'Este in the morning.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 18 October 2023
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Tessa Theo
Sydney, Australia64 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We rang in the morning to check the fountains would be operational as we had read other reviews saying they are sometimes out of order.
The lady on the telephone said that all but one fountain was working so we decided to travel from Rome to visit for the day. Upon arriving we were told that none of the fountains were working due to a fault. The price to enter was a still ten euros each, and no discount was offered. What an utter disappointment and a complete waste of time.

Written 27 January 2020
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Natalia2812
Moscow, Russia9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Solo
Recently I have booked a room at Villa d'este for my valued clients. It wasn't their first time at the hotel , they really liked the service, restaurants, beautiful park and so on and were always happy to spend there а few days. The safety of the guests and guest's items was the hotel's priority. But last time very unpleasant situation has happened. Two branded exclusive shirts were forgotten in a walk-in closet after check out. Next day we called the hotel to ask if they can deliver it to Milano but the hotel replied that they didn't find them in their room. Even after 2 weeks of investigation , checking all the rooms and videos from cameras and speaking with the housekeeping the shirts were not found. My clients were very upset and quite dissapointed and now they do not know if they want to come back in future to the hotel that once was their favourite accommodation in Como. After all most probably no!
Written 6 October 2020
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Sconne21
Newbury, UK51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
This is a really lovely place. There are quite a few paintings in the house and most are remarkable. There is also some modern 'art' but luckily that was minimal. The gardens are beautiful and tiered, with a number of fountains on every level. You can drink from some of the fountains.
It is worthwhile booking tickets in advance because then you skip the queue to get in (I went October 2023, arriving at around 11am). I got the combination ticket online but wish I had only bought the single ticket for there (the Hercule Victore place is quite far and not really worth the walk from d'Este, and Hadrian's Villa was very far away and difficult to get back from, despite my extensive research beforehand and the options I had in place). You can easily spend 3 hours here. It is clear with a few places to sit for a rest or picnic. Eating facilties are limited so I recommend taking your own food. There are toilets but not really enough of them.
Written 16 October 2023
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John M
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
A must visit for everyone in the area. Great interiors, amazing garden, water running all around and a commanding view of the surroundings. Especially on a sunny day, Villa d'Este will bewilder you with its art ad architecture.
Written 29 January 2020
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BrianFi
Palm Desert, CA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
We had a great time visiting here today. It was an easy train ride from Rome and a short walk from the station. There was a very short line to buy tickets at 4:45pm on a Friday. We had plenty of time to tour the villa and the gardens before they closed at 7:30. The kids really enjoyed the beautiful gardens and fountains, and the amazing views.
Written 16 June 2023
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leegee86
Edinburgh, UK456 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
What an amazing experience for the price we got (27€ online booking) for 2 adults.
We were going to book whole package of coach trip and lunch from Rome but so glad we didn't. Train return from roma termini to tivoli was €10 for 2 adults - coach entry and lunch was going to be €127 😱 quite the saving!
This place is spectacular, photos don't do it justice you need to be here to experience the views and sounds! My husband is quite into gardens i causing fountains, ponds and waterfalls and got many ideas for our own back garden :)
Tivoli is such a beautiful town as well if your looking for the proper italian feel and food! Well worth a visit if you visiting Rome as only an hour train ride away! Plenty other places to visit in Tivoli also including Villa Gregoriana!!!
Written 20 September 2022
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,940 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
If it is your first time in Rome, then you will be far too busy seeing the main tourist sights to consider the Tivoli Gardens and the Villa D’Este. For those who are already familiar with Rome or who have an extended stay, then this is a very pleasant day trip.
It was easy getting there on the train and from memory, it took less than an hour.
There are two parts to the visit:
the Villa D’Este &
the water gardens
Whilst the villa is interesting enough, the gardens are the star of the show here.
They are formally set out, with paths leading you past giant waterfall fountains, shooting jets of water and small, discreet fountains in hidden corners.
I was surprised not to see more flowering plants but these are largely green gardens with established trees, tall cypresses, laurel hedges, shrubbery, statues, paths and water displays.
Highlights were the Oval Fountain and its surrounding grottos and the Neptune Fountain. I also liked the Hundred Fountains where the water spouts from a long row of gargoyle like faces, stretching along a path below the villa.
Disappointingly, some of the fountains are not working and when you get to the furthest sections of garden, they look a little dry and neglected.
The gardens will take up most of your time. It is a much quicker walk through the villa.
The 16th century house belonged to Ippolito II d’Este, of the noble Este family. Accustomed to grandeur and wealth, he built himself a house in keeping with his indulgent tastes. He was a man who enjoyed conspicuous consumption, hosted extravagant parties, gambled, hunted, jousted and kept peacocks as pets. His new house was always going to be a grand affair. Today, the villa is mostly unfurnished but the walls and ceilings are still richly decorated.
It is worth noting that you can combine Tivoli Gardens with a trip to the Emperor Hadrian’s Villa. We found it difficult to do this without a car because Hadrian’s Villa is a few miles out of town. You can catch a bus but in the end, it was not easy and we ran out of time.
In hindsight, I wish we’d pre-planned this better and found out more about the bus route and timetable. We could have made much more of the day. Visiting Hadrian’s Villa as well would have made it a far more worthwhile day trip.
Written 6 April 2023
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Brun066
Florence, Italy13,213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Thus asserts the historian of architecture Margherita Azzi Visentini (1995). The author continues noting how in the open air architecture of the Middle Ages the jets were mostly threadlike, sometimes according to an Arab-inspired model (Granada, Monreale). Then the achievements of this type in the early Renaissance begin to be more elaborate, also based on the reading of the theorists of antiquity (Vitruvius, Hero of Alexandria) taken up by modern theorists (Leon Battista Alberti). But only in the second half of the 16th century, "in Rome, did the rediscovery of the remains of spectacular nymphaeums of the imperial age combined with the study of Greek and Latin hydraulic treatises and literary works produce a new water architecture". This is how "water stairs" and "water chains" are born, especially in the villas of Lazio (such as Villa Lante in Bagnaia or Villa Aldobrandini in Frascati).
The gardens of Villa d’Este are therefore not an isolated episode: they are situated in a tradition that is consolidated and mature at the time of their construction by the architect Pirro Ligorio. But at the same time they can be defined as the sum expression of this Renaissance tradition, thanks to the primacy (which we have indicated in our title) of the mighty waterfalls (equaled or surpassed by Wilhelmsöhe, Peterhof, Caserta, but decades or centuries later), to the amazing "hydraulic organ ”, to the unequaled riot of waters (rich in symbols and allegories) of the “Viale delle cento fontane" (Avenue of the hundred fountains).
Written 7 February 2022
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Mary R
Philadelphia, PA1,064 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
If someone were to ask me what were my favorite Rome visits, Villa d'Este would be very much at the top of the list, even though these gorgeous gardens are located outside of the city in Tivoli.

First, the setting is just wonderfully serene, tranquil, and brimming with beauty. It probably helped that I toured here on the day of my wedding anniversary, as the location is so spectacularly romantic.

Yes, the villa building itself is lovely, with pretty rooms highly decorated and an overall sense of historic presence. But it is the outside settings that truly capture the mind--fountains exploding, water dancing, playful designs, shady walks, captivating views, and even Renaissance music from a grand water organ.

I took many photos here, but visiting Villa D'Este is much more than just a visual feast. The sense of walking in timeless elegance and enchantment will be a special emotional memory I will treasure for the rest of my life!
Written 27 July 2023
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kwiewiorowski
Poznan, Poland2,339 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Yet another absolute must if you are in Rome. We booked a taxi to get there and travel back. There are few places in the world so delightful and enchanting and yet so old and venerable. You enter the Villa first and through a series of exquisitely decorated chambers enter the gardens which literally take your breath away. They are situated on an incline and slope down to the bottom along curvy paths lined with innumerable water features which on a hot July day were a veritable blessing. It is a magical place copied with variable success by many a king or magnate. Half a day should do. We bought the tickets on-line. Great place! There is a nice trattoria opposite the entrance where you could have lunch before or after visiting the Villa.
Written 31 December 2021
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