TIVOLI: Everything Still Looks So Italian...Giorno 3
Photos Taken / Written by JENNIFER MAHON | This post was read 898 times
HOW TO GET TO TIVOLI
YOU'VE GOTTA SEE......
View of Tivoli as we're leaving the train station
First Villa of the day - Villa Gregoriana
Villa Gregoriana - Tivoli
Views from Villa Gregoriana - Tivoli
Passing by gorgeous narrow alleyways on our way to Villa d'Este
Scoping out possible lunch spots
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'Este
Fountain of Venus in the courtyard at Villa d'Este
Checking out interior of Villa d'Este
Time to go down the grand staircase and check out the gardens
Me, just chillin' in my fountain - Fountain of Leda and Tripod
Awesome views of the countryside from these gardens - Villa d'Este, Tivoli
Where to explore first?!?
More fountains....and great views
Taken from the Gran Loggia - amazing views!
The Rometta Fountain at Villa d'Este
The Rometta Fountain at Villa d'Este
Fountains and sculptures at Villa d'Este
This "Garden" is never ending!
Gardens - Villa d'Este
Le Cento Fontane (The Hundred Fountains)
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 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 estate
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 Ponds
Time to head back, there's still one more villa to see
But first, time for lunch
Waiting for the bus at Piazza Garibaldi to take us to Villa Adriana
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!
Views of Tivoli off in the distance
First thing we see - the Baths with Heliocamius
You can see what's left of the pool building and the cryptoporticus
What's left of the Great Baths
What was once the Centro Camerelle
Looking passed some dude's butt cheeks to the Canopus
Not sure which building this is
Statues lining the pond
The perfect day to chill out here
Going to check out the view from up a little higher
Great views from here
Not like I know what any of these signs say
Making our way back
The old walls are still standing
Getting lost trying to find the exit!
Lost but still finding stuff - the Belvedere on to the Tempe Valley
There's gotta be a way outta this place, no?
Time to leave and head back to Tivoli....then take the train back to Roma
Beautiful streets of Tivoli
Buildings of Tivoli
Ciao Tivoli - it was nice meeting you!
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Was contemplating this day trip and now stand convinced! Merci for the inspiration and tips.
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!
Amazing pics Jenn! Thanks for the story telling. ...I can almost imagine being there. ☺
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