Villa d'Este

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Tivoli, Italy

Villa d'Este Tivoli Reviews

Vikram Vikram
247 reviews
Cardinals sure lived life King size! May 18, 2014
To those who thought it was just the Kings that had the dosh and cardinals lived like dogs, THINK AGAIN! This villa proves all that wrong. Yes, one of the grandest of the lot I've seen in my entire life, and truly worthy of being a UNESCO heritage site.

You can read about the history on the Wiki page but some general pointers I'll give you:

* It does seem expensive, but it's worth it! The building looks quite tiny from the inside but opens up into an amazing multilayered gardens containing fountains like nobody's business

* Plan to spend at least 2 hours here if not more. If the weather's good, it's worth it

* Crowds - this place attracts lots of tours so ensure you get your photos before the tourist groups start clogging the fountain areas

* Water - there are very few water fountains in the garden and if you want to relax in the amazing sunshine, ensure you have drinking water bottles with you. The only food area is a little canteen available by the visitor's centre.

All said and done, this was worth it. Nothing that's groundbreaking or different from several other villas and Palaces I've visited in the Italy-Spain region (like Segovia or Toledo) but very impressive all the same!
8 / 8 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
sylviandavid says:
Gosh ... great pictures of a great place.
Posted on: Sep 23, 2014
missandrea81 says:
Gorgeous pictures! What a beautiful place to visit. Thanks for enlightening us. :)
Posted on: Jun 27, 2014
Zagnut66 says:
Those humble Italian Cardinals lived in such squalor.
Posted on: Jun 26, 2014
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austin37335 austin37…
62 reviews
An antidote to the madness of Rome Jun 15, 2012
Villa D'Este is the former home of Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este, the building of which was which was begun in 1560 and completed in 1572. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Villa is situated in the town of Tivioli which is a pleasant hour’s train ride from the centre of Rome. On arrival, Villa d’Este is clearly signposted and is a 20 minute walk from the station.

After paying the 11 Euro entrance fee the visit begins in a courtyard which leads into the villa. The building itself is quite typical of the grand stately homes built at the time, full of opulence with beautiful frescos and ornate decoration that fully do justice to the classic architecture.

As wonderful as the villa is, it is the gardens that are the main attraction and it is they that make this place particularly wondrous. The stars of the show are without doubt the 500 magnificent fountains. Each fountain has its own style, some are very grand affairs shooting jets of water 50 feet into the air creating permanent rainbows in the sunlight, while others form waterfalls that cascade down the rock. Another, the ‘Avenue of Hundred Fountains’ repeats in uniform rows to make one hundred gently flowing streams of water that emanate from small lions heads into a trough that is over 50 metres in length. There is even a recently restored water powered musical fountain that performs every hour. There is water visible from every part of the garden and the fountains are supplemented by pools full of fish, fabulous statues, and trees and shrubs that line the pathways through the garden.

Villa D’Este is positioned high up on the edge of town and the Villa and gardens offer breathtaking views of the Italian countryside for miles into the distance. There is an air conditioned cafe on site that allows visitors to escape the heat for refreshments, or there are outdoor tables with a magnificent backdrop overlooking the gardens.

For any visitors to Rome wanting an antidote to the madness and the crowds then Villa d’Este is historic, tranquil, and beautiful and is well worth a visit. Highly recommended.
Well signposted
Villa d'Este ceiling
View from a villa window
The 'Avenue of a Hundred Fountains'
2 / 2 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
sylviandavid says:
Great place.... thanks for the review.
Posted on: Sep 23, 2014
austin37335 says:
Ah, you've been David. We were so pleased we made the effort to get here.
Posted on: Jul 18, 2012
davidx says:
Yes - those fountains are quite something.
Posted on: Jul 18, 2012
Bucefalo Bucefalo
15 reviews
Villa Adriana , Tivoli Rome Jul 31, 2011
Not too far away from Rome there is a little village called Tivoli, in this old little city there are few gems which deserve a visit, one of them is for sure


Hadrian’s Villa was built by Emperor Hadrian, starting from 117 A.D., as an imperial palace far away from the city of Rome. It is the most extensive ancient roman villa, covering an area of at least 80 hectares, more or less as Pompeii.

The archeological area still shows the beauty and the giant structures, a nice walk in a big park where you can breath the ancient Rome!
sylviandavid says:
nice photos.... thanks for this review.
Posted on: Sep 23, 2014
Bucefalo Bucefalo
15 reviews
a magical place Jul 31, 2011
Not too far away from Rome there is a little village called Tivoli, in this old little city there are few gems which deserve a visit, one of them is for sure VILLA D'ESTE

also know as VILLA of the 101 fountains!

Indeed this Villa D'este is a little park formed by 100 and more fountains which gives a special atmosphere!

The place is not too far away from Roma(something like 40 minutes by train - from Roma tiburtina or by cotral bus(blue line)

the entrance ticket is 8 euro!

you will enjoy few hours there and once outside if it's lunch time i suggest you to eat something in local TRATTORIA!!
sylviandavid says:
Your photo of the walk of a hundred fountains is very nice.
Posted on: Sep 23, 2014
viola_puella viola_pu…
4 reviews
May 04, 2006
The house/villa is pretty average. Don't get me wrong, the interior is pretty but don't waste your time in the house, Go into the Gardens! There are hundreds of fountains and they're all running naturally, by rivers. Give yourself at least an hour and a half. Take pictures at every fountain! Trust me, it's amazing. You have to stop by there when you're in Tivoli. Also, stop at the Sibilla restaurant.
sylviandavid says:
thanks for this review.... thanks also for the restaurant referral ... I'll look it up for a review.
Posted on: Sep 23, 2014
nadda nadda
13 reviews
Aug 10, 2004
This is the most beautiful villa I've ever seen. The villa is decorated with beautiful art allover the inside walls and the beautiful gardens include many fountains of different shapes and sizes.

I could see some Italians just sitting there by the fountains sleeping and getting peace to their souls.

If you like great architecture and beautiful gardens then this is a must see for you.
sylviandavid says:
nice review .... thanks for the panoramic photos.
Posted on: Sep 23, 2014

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