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Cernobbio

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Cernobbio is a lovely village located on the western shore of Lake Como. Its gorgeous waterfront, unique piazzas and narrow streets helped the city to become one of the most lovely towns of the Italian Lake District.

Strolling around its centre visitors will be enchanted by the beautiful buildings that house typical restaurants and shops. From the harbour it is possible to take a ferry that will easily connect you to the most important villages of Lake Como.

While discovering the city the Romanesque Chiesa di San Michele is worth a visit. Built during the 18th century the church has a stunning baroque carved altar.

Cernobbio is famous for its marvellous villas erected mostly during the 19th century by the european aristocracy. The villas and they gorgeous gardens are private so if you want to see them the best way is to rent a boat and admire them from the lake.

However due to the growing popularity of the area many Villas are being transformed into luxury hotels. The best example is the hotelVilla d’Este; the villa was once owned by the aristocratic d’Este Family. The building was erected during the 16th century on top of the ruin of a convent; it is probably from here that the name Cernobbio came: Coenobium in fact in latin means convent! The villa was restyled during the 19th century by the Princess of Wales Caroline of Brunswick born d’Este.

Things to see

Popular are also Villa Erba and Villa Pizzo. The first one was built at the end of the 19th century and today houses an important conference centre; Villa Pizzo was constructed three centuries earlier and has a gorgeous park and many beautiful frescoes.

Cernobbio is also famous for its stunning surroundings: the lovely Alpi Scarone offer breathtaking views of the area. There is a gorgeous trail, Via dei Monti Lariani, perfect for trekking and the Buco della Volpe a splendid cave with an unique underground pool.

Private Tivoli Tour

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From: $142.94

 

TOUR DURATION

4 Hours

START TIME

09:00 am – 01:00 PM

Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

MEETING POINT

Pick-up at your hotel, more details at booking

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TOUR ITINERARY

Your driver will pick you up at your hotel for your day tour of Tivoli. This excursion will take you to discover Hadrian’s Villa, a large archeological complex, and the Villa D’Este with its magnificent gardens.

 

Your first stop will be Hadrian’s Villa, which is located in the countryside just a few kilometers from Tivoli. It is surprisingly quiet and not nearly as overcrowded with tourists as some other attractions typically are. Before starting your visit, stop by a little pavilion so you can see a scale model showing the original size of the Villa. The complex covers one square kilometer and contains the ruins of nearly thirty structures; these include palaces, temples, bath houses and theatres. After your visit to Hadrian’s Villa, you will continue to Tivoli and the Villa D’Este. Once you have arrived in Tivoli, you have the choice to explore it on your own or with a local guide who will give you a better understanding of the town’s most famous attractions.

 

Villa D’Este is a lavish villa that was built by the architect Pirro Logorio over a Benedictine monastery in 1550 for Cardinal Ippolito d’Este, son of Lucrezia Borgia. It was meant as a leisure palace and as such, is richly decorated. The exterior looks modest but the interior boasts many frescoes and paintings by various masters. The main attraction, however, are the gorgeous gardens which span several acres. Their botanical beauty is rivaled only by the huge and elaborate fountains that populate it: from the grandiose “Organ Fountain” and “Fountain of the Dragons” to the “Hundred Fountains”. There is even a miniature watery reproduction of Rome.

 

At the end of the tour you will be driven back to your hotel in Rome

TOUR INCLUSIONS

– Round trip transportation with private car

– Expert English speaking driver coordinator

– Visit of Villa Adriana with local guide

– Visit of Villa d’Este with local guide

– Villa Adriana and Villa D’Este entrance fees

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

– Tivoli

– Villa Adriana

– Villa D’Este

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
– Confirmation will be received at time of booking

– Voucher and detailed operator information, including local emergency numbers will be received three weeks before the date of your tour.

– Adult pricing applies to all travelers.

Departure point:

Pick-up at your accommodation

Duration:

4 hours

Return details:
Drop-off at your accommodation

Hadrians Villa – Tivoli

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Hadrians villa is a huge and amazing archaeological site.  Located just outside of Rome below the town of Tivoli, the villa was a summer retreat for the Emperor Hadrian.  It was built between 118AD and 134AD.   The site is extensive and includes a theater, a stadium, libraries, thermal baths and more. The buildings were reproductions of the Hadrian’s favorite buildings he saw in Athens and Egypt.

You can stroll through the scenic grounds where you will find ruins scattered between lovely olive and cypress trees.  If you are interesting in seeing how the whole area looked like at the time of Hadrian, you can view a full model in the pavilion close to the parking area.  Many of the main buildings are marked and some have been reconstructed.     A highlight on the grounds is the Naval or Maritime Theater which is a pool surrounded by columns.  You can reach the Island by a bridge.  When he was not taking care of the business of the Empire, the Emperor loved to paint and study architecture so it is believed this pond was his retreat to enjoy his leisure time.

Hadrian’s love for Athens and Egypt is evident throughout the complex. He particularly enjoyed Greek Philosophers.   One of the gardens is modeled after the “Grove Academe”, the garden where Plato taught his students.  He also reproduced a wonderful colonnade from Athens called the Stoa Poikile after the Stoic philosophers.

Hadrian’s villa is a wonderful day trip from Rome well worth a visit.

Villa D’Este – Tivoli

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Villa D’Este in Tivoli is a great attraction to visit from Rome.  The villa belonged to Cardinal Ippolito d’Este who was the son of Lucrezia Borgia and Alfonso d’Este and was built in 1550. The interior of the extravagant building is richly decorated with beautiful frescoes and fountains but the main attraction of the site is the amazing garden.

The terraced garden has an abundance of shady trees and spectacular fountains.  There are numerous paths to follow that guide you through stunning vistas and unique water displays.  There is a fountain dedicated to Rome called Rometta.  The water display recreates the monuments of Rome.  There is the Bicchierone, a fountain by Bernini.  Many fountains offer water displays at various times of the day.  A schedule of the displays can be found at the entrance. Another highlight is the Hundred fountains path with its amazing cascading waters.    You can find historical information about the garden and the fountains throughout.

Villa d’Este is the perfect summer day trip from Rome with its shady trees and freshness from the cold water of the numerous fountains.

Tivoli

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Tivoli is one of the most popular day trips from Rome.  It has been a summer retreat from the Roman times because of its lovely climate during the hot muggy months.   It is set on Monti Tiburtini hills where the air is cleaner and cooler than Rome.  Historically it has been a town for the rich who built their holiday homes in this area.  In the suburbs of the town you can still enjoy the thermal springs that attracted the Romans of the past.   You can still see the ruins of the ancient town wall from the 4th century BC and ruins of temples as well.

 

Of course Tivoli is most know for its two famous villas; the Villa d’Este from the Renaissance period and Hadrian’s Villa built by the Roman Emperor Hadrian.  Both are Unesco World Heritage Sites and both are worthy of a visit.