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Villa d'Este
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Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este Half-Day Trip...
Ranked #1 of 51 things to do in Tivoli
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 18 August 2012

We recently visited Villa d'Este and enjoyed the experience, not least of the gardens and waterfalls. However, my own enjoyment would have been increased if I had realised that I could have gained FREE ENTRY as I am over 65! If, like me, you are a Senior Citizen, TAKE YOUR PASSPORT to gain free admission (I gather this applies to other national sites in the EU?)

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Reviewed 18 August 2012

For those who have some kind of interest in gardens and will be staying at Rome for a couple of days I highly recomend Villa d”Este.
I took the metro and then the train to Tivoli, from the train station it’s a 15 minute walk to the Villa.

It’s nice to know the history of the place before visit it. The gardens are spectacular: each space has a characteristic visual quality and the water effects contribute to make every space singular, the water is an element that links one space to another and gives unity to the gardens as a whole. Besides the visual eloquence of the site – the house and mostly the gardens - I would recommend to pay attention to how the sounds of the water characterize each place. Enjoying its visual aspects as well the sounds of the water of each space it’s really an amazing experience.

It’s definitely a garden of surprises and a place for stimulating the senses, if you have a day to make a trip outside of Rome you could visit Villa d'Este as well the Villa Adriana which is nearby.

Thank domm22
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Reviewed 16 August 2012

The Villa d' Este is a must see if you are in the area. We took the train from Rome's Tiburtina station to Tivoli. Took a 10 euro cab ride from the station to the Villa d' Este. The Villa, Gardens and Fountains are absolutely stunning and I would highly recommend a day trip from Rome. There are excellent lunch places in Tivoli. Would caution that a visit to the Gardens did require some stair climbing. Must see place.

Thank JaxTraveler11
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Reviewed 12 August 2012

This was surprisingly good - all the original paintings, celings and fountains was maintained to get a first impression of the 1600th centruary "summerhouse" impression of the extremely wealthy at this time. Recommended, especially if your read into the history of the place first.

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Reviewed 11 August 2012

You can do the Villa d'Este (along with Hadrian's Villa) on a day trip from Rome for a tiny fraction of what a tour would cost. Visit the website Ron in Rome and get step by step directions along with photos and guides on how to interpret the bus tables- and then links to the current bus schedules. In short- you will take Linea B to the Port Mammolo station- be sure the train says Rebbia or you may be on a train that offshoots the main line and you will have to back track. Once there- follow the signs to the bus station - clearly marked. Cross the street to the tabacheri and purchase your round trip tickets by saying Villa d'este (tivoli), Roma. Then go back and to the bus platforms and find the bus leaving for Piazza Garabaldi (for Villa Hadrian- see Villa Hadrian review). Be sure and punch your ticket in the yellow box. If it is crowded- get seats and then send one person forward to punch all the tickets. You will see many Italians not bothering to punch tickets- however if the inspector asks for your ticket and you don't have one- be prepared for a hefty on the spot fine. Exit a Piazza Garabaldi (ask the bus driver to tell you when). As you get off- look directly across the street- that is where you will catch the bus back to Rome's Port Mammolo station. The walk to Villa d'Este is short- no more than 10 min. Take some time though to explore the winding streets of Tivoli on the way. They are much like Florence but without the crowds. The Villa is awesome. You will see some beautiful rooms and then you will cross out into the gardens where you will be blown away by the gorgeous and elaborate fountains- do remember to hear the organ fountain play. The fountains wind down a very steep hill that you will have to hike back up to exit. There are some drinkable water hoses about 3/4 down in the center and some off to the right near the organ fountain. The area is shaded with a nice breeze and makes for a very relaxing visit- especially after hiking around Hadrian's Villa in the morning!

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