TIVOLI: Everything Still Looks So Italian...Giorno 3

August 04, 2015  •  3 Comments

Photos Taken / Written by JENNIFER MAHON  |  This post was read 898 times

Arriving at the Tivoli train stationArriving at the Tivoli train station



 

GIORNO 3    
So, two days down, and we've actually been back to the same sites twice in Rome now, the girls ask me, "What else is there to see? Where are all the big Italian villas?" Seems they're not content enough to roam around Rome like I am, so a quick Google search for "Easy day-trips to villas from Rome" came up with Tivoli. Just a 45-minute train ride outside of Rome, this hilltop town is home to three gorgeous villas, two of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Villa d'Este and Villa Adriana). 

 

HOW TO GET TO TIVOLI  
You can get there by car, train or bus - got my info here. We opted for the train route. From Tiburtina station, you can buy your train ticket from one of the little machines for 2,40 EUR and off you go! Just be sure to get off on the last stop Stazione Tivoli, because there is also a Tivoli Terme stop 3rd from the last stop (why they are named the same, I have no idea!!!!). From the station, it's about a 10-minute walk to the town, pretty hard to get lost because they have signs everywhere, though getting lost in this beautiful town is what makes it fun!

 


YOU'VE GOTTA SEE......


VILLA GREGORIANA 
If you're going there by train, the first villa you'll come across is Villa Gregoriana, it's only a 5 minute walk from the train station. We didn't go into this villa because the main attraction here is actually the beautiful Parco Villa Gregoriana. Since it does involve many steps, as well as a lot of hiking-type trails, me and my flip-flops (and my lazy children) just stayed around the first level and checked out the gorgeous views of the valley and waterfall from there. I hear it takes 2-3 hours to walk through the park, but I was content to just sit down and admire the views.

 

View of Tivoli as we're leaving the train stationView of Tivoli as we're leaving the train station

 

View of Tivoli as we're leaving the train station


First Villa of the day - Villa GregorianaFirst Villa of the day - Villa Gregoriana

First Villa of the day - Villa Gregoriana


Villa Gregoriana - TivoliVilla Gregoriana - Tivoli

Villa Gregoriana - Tivoli


Views from Villa GregorianaViews from Villa Gregoriana

Views from Villa Gregoriana - Tivoli


Passing by gorgeous narrow alleyways on our way to Villa d'EstePassing by gorgeous narrow alleyways on our way to Villa d'Este

Passing by gorgeous narrow alleyways on our way to Villa d'Este


Scoping out possible lunch spotsScoping out possible lunch spots

Scoping out possible lunch spots



 

VILLA D'ESTE 
From Villa Gregoriana, you'll have to walk down a hill, then up a hill to the actual town of Tivoli (or I think you can take a shuttle bus from the train station that will take you to Piazza Garibaldi, right beside Ville d'Este). It's slightly confusing to find the entrance, but just ask anyone around and they'll happily point you in the right direction. We paid our 8 EUR entrance fee (that's the adult fee, kids under 18 are free) and in we went to explore. 

The interior isn't furnished, it's just a bunch of huge empty rooms....yes, they were all covered from floor to ceiling in beautiful paintings, but it really was a bit of a bore. Like Villa Gregoriana, the main reason to visit this place is for the gardens. With the sounds of cascading water all around you, you instantly become enamoured by the the utter beauty of this place. There is said to be over a thousand fountains in this garden, and I definitely believe it......everywhere you turn, you come across yet another fountain. Me and the girls quite enjoyed the spectacular views over the countryside and we may have indulged in a bit daydreaming......like this expansive, sloping, Italian garden was our backyard....

 

Courtyard at Villa d'EsteCourtyard at Villa d'Este

 

Courtyard at Villa d'Este


Fountain of Venus in the courtyard at Villa d'EsteFountain of Venus in the courtyard at Villa d'Este

Fountain of Venus in the courtyard at Villa d'Este


Checking out interior of Villa d'EsteChecking out interior of Villa d'Este

Checking out interior of Villa d'Este


Time to go down the grand staircase and check out the gardensTime to go down the grand staircase and check out the gardens

Time to go down the grand staircase and check out the gardens


The view!The view!

The view!


Looking down.....Looking down.....

Looking down.....


....from here....from here

....from here


Me, just chillin' in my fountain - Fountain of Leda and Tripod Me, just chillin' in my fountain - Fountain of Leda and Tripod

Me, just chillin' in my fountain - Fountain of Leda and Tripod


Awesome views of the countryside from these gardens - Villa d'Este, TivoliAwesome views of the countryside from these gardens - Villa d'Este, Tivoli

Awesome views of the countryside from these gardens - Villa d'Este, Tivoli


Where to explore first?!? Where to explore first?!?

Where to explore first?!?


More fountains....and great viewsMore fountains....and great views

More fountains....and great views


Taken from the Gran Loggia - amazing views!Taken from the Gran Loggia - amazing views!

Taken from the Gran Loggia - amazing views!


The Rometta Fountain at Villa d'EsteThe Rometta Fountain at Villa d'Este

The Rometta Fountain at Villa d'Este


The Rometta Fountain at Villa d'Este The Rometta Fountain at Villa d'Este

The Rometta Fountain at Villa d'Este


Fountains and sculptures at Villa d'EsteFountains and sculptures at Villa d'Este

Fountains and sculptures at Villa d'Este


This "Garden" is never ending!This "Garden" is never ending!

This "Garden" is never ending!


Gardens - Villa d'EsteGardens - Villa d'Este

Gardens - Villa d'Este


Le Cento Fontane (The Hundred Fountains)Le Cento Fontane (The Hundred Fountains)

Le Cento Fontane (The Hundred Fountains)


And more fountains....Fountain of the Dragons - Villa d'EsteAnd more fountains....Fountain of the Dragons - Villa d'Este

And more fountains....Fountain of the Dragons - Villa d'Este


The girls logically coming to the conclusion that "if we keep going down, we have to come back up!"The girls logically coming to the conclusion that "if we keep going down, we have to come back up!"

The girls logically coming to the conclusion that "if we keep going down, we have to come back up!"


The Fontana dell'Ovato or Oval Fountain...or Fountain of Tivoli (it goes by all of the above names!) The Fontana dell'Ovato or Oval Fountain...or Fountain of Tivoli (it goes by all of the above names!)

The Fontana dell'Ovato or Oval Fountain...or Fountain of Tivoli (it goes by all of the above names!)


One of the other buildings on the estateOne of the other buildings on the estate

One of the other buildings on the estate


Can you imagine having a backyard like this? - Fish Ponds - Villa d'EsteCan you imagine having a backyard like this? - Fish Ponds - Villa d'Este

Can you imagine having a backyard like this? - Fish Ponds - Villa d'Este


Looking through the jets of the Fountain of the Organ to the Fish PondsLooking through the jets of the Fountain of the Organ to the Fish Ponds

Looking through the jets of the Fountain of the Organ to the Fish Ponds


Time to head back, there's still one more villa to seeTime to head back, there's still one more villa to see

Time to head back, there's still one more villa to see


But first, time for lunchBut first, time for lunch

But first, time for lunch


Waiting for the bus at Piazza Garibaldi to take us to Villa AdrianaWaiting for the bus at Piazza Garibaldi to take us to Villa Adriana

Waiting for the bus at Piazza Garibaldi to take us to Villa Adriana



 

VILLA ADRIANA
You can't walk to this one, so if you come across info that says you can, it's bullsh*t. You'll have to buy a bus ticket (1 EUR) from the tabacchi shop on Piazza Garibaldi and take the number 4 or 4x bus to Villa Adriana, which technically is outside of Tivoli. Paid same 8 EUR entrance fee (per adult, kids under 18 are free), and off we went.   

This isn't an "intact" villa, but the "ruins" of the massive compound that was here before. So, this was a bit of a disappointment (we did not do much research for this impromptu trip!). Still was impressive to see, since it was the biggest Roman Villa in the world. Built by Emperor Hadrian, this place had over 30 buildings, covering an area of about 1 sq km. The ruins you see now gives you idea of how spectacular this place must have been.

 

Entrance to Villa Adriana....no one told me that there's more uphill walking involved!Entrance to Villa Adriana....no one told me that there's more uphill walking involved!

Entrance to Villa Adriana....no one told me that there's more uphill walking involved!


Views of Tivoli off in the distanceViews of Tivoli off in the distance

Views of Tivoli off in the distance


First thing we see - the Baths with HeliocamiusFirst thing we see - the Baths with Heliocamius

First thing we see - the Baths with Heliocamius


You can what's left of the pool building and the cryptoporticusYou can what's left of the pool building and the cryptoporticus

You can see what's left of the pool building and the cryptoporticus


What's left of the Great BathsWhat's left of the Great Baths

What's left of the Great Baths


What was once the Centro CamerelleWhat was once the Centro Camerelle

What was once the Centro Camerelle


Looking past some dude's butt cheeks to the CanopusLooking past some dude's butt cheeks to the Canopus

Looking passed some dude's butt cheeks to the Canopus


Not sure which building this isNot sure which building this is

Not sure which building this is


Statues lining the pondStatues lining the pond

Statues lining the pond


The perfect day to chill out hereThe perfect day to chill out here

The perfect day to chill out here


Going to check out the view from up a little higherGoing to check out the view from up a little higher

Going to check out the view from up a little higher


Great views from hereGreat views from here

Great views from here


Not like I know what any of these signs sayNot like I know what any of these signs say

Not like I know what any of these signs say


Making our way back Making our way back

Making our way back


The old walls are still standingThe old walls are still standing

The old walls are still standing


Getting lost trying to find the exit!Getting lost trying to find the exit!

Getting lost trying to find the exit!


Lost but still finding stuff - the Belvedere on  to the Tempe ValleyLost but still finding stuff - the Belvedere on to the Tempe Valley

Lost but still finding stuff - the Belvedere on  to the Tempe Valley


The HospitaliaThe Hospitalia

The Hospitalia


There's gotta be a way outta this place, no?There's gotta be a way outta this place, no?

There's gotta be a way outta this place, no?



 

CIAO TIVOLI! 
That's about all I have to say about this place......The town is gorgeous, and worth it to take the time to walk around and get lost in all the tiny alleyways. It's a fun, easy - and cheap day trip to do from Rome. And yes, the girls were impressed with everything and were amazed yet again at how Everything Looks So Italian!

 

Time to leave and head back to Tivoli....then take the train back to RomaTime to leave and head back to Tivoli....then take the train back to Roma

Time to leave and head back to Tivoli....then take the train back to Roma


Beautiful streets of TivoliBeautiful streets of Tivoli

Beautiful streets of Tivoli


Buildings of TivoliBuildings of Tivoli

Buildings of Tivoli


Ciao Tivoli - it was nice meeting you!Ciao Tivoli - it was nice meeting you!

Ciao Tivoli - it was nice meeting you!


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Comments

Ron(non-registered)
Wonderful ! Thank you, Jennifer !
John via Twitter(non-registered)
This is great! I have never heard of Tivoli and it looks like I'll have to make the time to do this day trip next time I'm in Rome!
Lori(non-registered)
Amazing pics Jenn! Thanks for the story telling. ...I can almost imagine being there. ☺
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