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Tivoli - Villa d'Este

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Tivoli - Villa d'Este.

Tivoli - Villa d'Este features in these preplanned City Guides:

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Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Beautiful example of an Italian Renaissance garden

Time required: 180 minutes

Phone: +39 04 45230310

Web site: http://www.villadestetiv...

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Tuesday - Sunday: 8:30am - 1 hour before sunset
Monday: Closed
Jan 1, May 1 and Dec 25: Closed


Ticket type Charge
General: 7.8 €
Reduced: 4.55 €

Public transport:

  • Local blue Cotral bus from Ponte Mammolo (Metro Line B) station to Tivoli Center

Address: 5 Piazza Trento, 00019 Tivoli

Things you need to know:

  • Villa d'Este is a Renaissance villa surrounded by a picturesque terraced garden
  • Spectacular water fountains dominate the gardens and create an unbelievable fairytale-like atmosphere
  • The creation of the gardens required dramatic innovation of hydraulic engineering to provide sufficient water supply throughout the park
  • The gardens of the Villa d'Este had a profound influence on the development of many other gardens in Europe
  • Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este commissioned the development of the estate (1550-72)
  • In the 18th century the villa fell into decay, after it passed to the House of Habsburg who neglected it. Now it belongs to the Italian State
  • Villa d'Este is a UNESCO world heritage site

What to do there:

  • Start your visit in the Villa: walk around and admire the frescoes
  • Do not miss the main attractions: the gardens and the fountains
  • Be prepared for a bit of hiking as the gardens are on the side of a hill
  • To help with the orientation keep in mind that the garden plan is laid out on a central axis with subsidiary cross-axes of carefully varied character, refreshed by some five hundred jets in fountains, pools and water troughs

Tips & Insights:

  • The organ fountain plays every two hours
  • It is most enjoyable in the summer
  • Wear comfortable shoes

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