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Villa d'Este

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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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Piazza Trento 5, 00019, Tivoli, Italy
+39 0774 312070
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All reviews day trip water features organ fountain ponte mammolo beautiful garden the bus every turn tiburtina station numerous fountains worth the trip visiting rome every corner cardinal ippolito the main attraction well worth the visit breathtaking views two hours
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Hearing the organ play from the power of the water running thru it was the highlight of our visit. This was a garden on my 'bucket list' and it did not disappoint.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Cora S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were told by a couple of people to go as its beautiful and it is one of the few gardens open in winter. The reality is that it really should just close its doors for winter. Garden is brown and shabby. Looks like it...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a trip at night time in the summer - the fountains are lit up and the garden is a lot emptier than during the day when full of day-trippers from Rome.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Nicholas W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was last in the gardens of the Villa d’Este 50 years ago and was delighted that they lived up to my memories. The water features make this a garden beyond compare. Definitely a must see whilst in Rome.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Claire B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Decided to drive to Tívoli to see places outside of the heavily packed Rome and came to this gorgeous town and found this Villa. Loved the art in the rooms and enjoyed the wonderful gardens and fountains. Great family time and took some awesome family...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took Cotral bus from Ponte Mammolo in Rome to Tivoli. After getting off the subway, take the escalators up one level to buy Cotral tickets - the drinks/food shop sells tickets (buy the return ticket) no ticket office it seems. The bus is another level...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came to Villa d’Este to get away from the hassle of Rome. And what a wonderful place it was! Full of fountains, everyone evermoreso impressive. A lovely grand mansion, empty of furbishings and with signage in Italian and i English. We came with a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing angles for photos and great winter lights. Not too many people at this time of the year. Could you believe that you have to pay cash entrance tickets...

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank aZav
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A hidden gem! This place is really beautiful and like nothing I have ever seen before. I highly recommend going!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank pudvarbail
Reviewed 16 December 2018 via mobile

One of the most beautiful places ive ever seen. The waterfalls are so beautiful. Worth seeing it over and over and over!

Date of experience: December 2018
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5 January 2019|
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Response from marycontheroad | Reviewed this property |
If you're going to Tivoli, don't miss a meal at L'Angolino di Mirko.
28 December 2018|
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Response from Claire G | Reviewed this property |
Hi. We took a tour with Rome your way and were very satisfied. Unfortunately I cannot answer your question about walking/distance but I can say that the Villa requires some climbing since Tivoli is built on the mountainside... More
30 November 2018|
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Response from on_the_go_98765 | Reviewed this property |
Plan to spend more time in the gardens and the grounds which are most impressive. The villa is maybe only worth a 1/2 hour of time. There is so much to see and explore in the gardens; this was the impressive part of the... More