Tivoli Italy is an ancient city about twenty miles from Rome known as Lazio. Tivoli is situated at the falls of the Aniene River in the Sabine hills. Tivoli Italy was first settled in approximately the thirteenth century BC and probably took its name from the Tiber River that runs through the region. It is an awe-inspiring place that gives you a glimpse into an ancient Roman town, complete with elaborate villas, galleries, libraries, and much more. Tivoli Italy attractions such as Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este are best enjoyed alongside a knowledgeable guide who can explain the intricacies of the history behind the various buildings, monuments, and ruins.
One of the best things to do in Tivoli is simply take in the breathtaking landscape of the Roman Campagna, the beautiful central Italian countryside near the Sabine Hills and Tiber River. The views of this part of the countryside from the reaches of Mount Tiburtini are only one of the draws of this area. The waterfalls of the Aniene and the hillsides into which many fabulous villas are built, remind visitors of Tivoli Italy that there was in fact a world, one that was organized and rich with architectural and artistic expression, that pre-dates television, and traffic, and cable television. Tivoli Italy is like stepping into the past and a time when Rome and the Roman Empire was the foremost power in the world. If you are planning a trip to Rome, Tivoli is a worthy day trip to explore and discover the treasures of this ancient city in Italy.
One of the most popular things to do in Tivoli is visit Hadrian’s Villa. Construction of this legendary villa was commissioned by the Roman Emperor, Hadrian in the second century. Because he preferred to have a retreat from the palace at Palatine Hill, Hadrian’s Villa came into existence. Although many of Hadrian’s successors as Emperors of Rome utilized the villa as a personal residence and place to vacation, the decline of the Roman Empire saw the once elaborate villa fall into a state of relative disrepair. In the sixteenth century, Cardinal Ippolito Il d’Este had much of the marble and many of the most precious building materials removed from Hadrian’s Villa to decorate his own Villa d’Este. Hadrian’s Villa is designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Villa d’Este is another of the most popular attractions and another UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tivoli Italy. The spectacular, terraced gardens at Villa d’Este are particularly breathtaking and require an elaborate system of irrigation. The villa itself is gorgeous, complete with ceiling frescoes and an extensive array of art work, and attractions like the Oval Fountain, and the Fountain of the Model of Rome inspire visitors with their elegance and beauty.
If you are already traveling to Rome, it is well worth the trip to Tivoli to see the ancient city and the surrounding landscape, which is one of great beauty with waterfalls, hills, and rivers. It only takes about 45 minutes by bus and you can book an air-conditioned charter bus for very cheap. You will find no shortage of things to do in Tivoli, as long as you have a guide who can assist you with where to go and how to get there, among other considerations including information on the history of the sites.