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Exploring the Magnificent Gardens of Tivoli
Exploring the Magnificent Gardens of Tivoli
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Tivoli, located in the Lazio region, is popular day trip destination from Rome. Its biggest tourist attractions are the magnificent gardens of Villa d’Este and the ruins of Hadrian’s Villa. The town also features ancient Roman ruins, a picturesque gorge and interesting architecture – making…

Tivoli, located in the Lazio region, is popular day trip destination from Rome. Its biggest tourist attractions are the magnificent gardens of Villa d’Este and the ruins of Hadrian’s Villa. The town also features ancient Roman ruins, a picturesque gorge and interesting architecture – making it a worthwhile trip for discerning visitors. You can get to Tivoli from Rome by taking a Cotral bus from Ponte Mammolo. It is only a 40 minute ride away.

Tivoli’s biggest attraction, the 16th century Villa d’Este is home to one of Italy’s celebrated gardens. A walk around the villa’s terraced gardens will take visitors along shaded walkways, past stunning fountains and scenic panoramas of the plains below.

Some of the garden’s fascinating features include the Rometta which displays miniatures of Rome’s most famous monuments, the striking Fountain of Dragons, Bernini’s grand Bicchierone fountain, the gorgeous stretch of the Hundred Fountains and the musical water organ that culminates in a gigantic cascade.

Although Villa d’ Este is only a stones throw away from Tivoli’s bus station, Hadrian’s Villa requires a bus ride to get there. The villa, also known as Villa Adriana, is not exactly located within the town’s boundary but downhill, on the plains between Rome and Tivoli. However, by reason of its proximity, it makes for a must-visit destination when taking a day trip to the area.

This antiquated villa dates back to the rule of Hadrian, who designed the sprawling expanse – which is, practically, a town by its sheer size and plan. The ancient site’s past glory can be imagined from the extensive ruins of temples, and gardens as well as remnants of the impressive libraries and public baths. It is a massive site and you need a good map to figure it out and give yourself a fair amount of time to take it all in.

A short walk from Villa dí’Este will take you to another remarkable villa – the spectacular park of Villa Gregoriana. Its biggest draw is the dramatic gorge and its 100m waterfall.
Walk along the bridge of Ponte Gregoriano for stunning views of the cascade below. The gorge can also be viewed from the ancient ruins of the Vesta Temple and the Sybil Temple. There is a restaurant onsite where you can enjoy a pleasant meal while enjoying the wonderful view it affords.

Don’t miss lazy strolls around Tivoli to discover more of its charms. Those who are interested in centuries-old art work and intricate wood carving should visit the cathedral of San Lorenzo.
If you are a Roman ruins enthusiast then the ancient amphitheatre is a must-see for you.

Finally, the Tivoli’s turret houses are a must-see. These are interesting pieces of medieval architecture featuring no doors but covered roof-terraces that serve as the entry point to the house with the help of a ladder. The streets along the Duomo, Colle and Platone Tibutino are lined with some of these remarkable houses.

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