Explore Tivoli's Villa D'Este | Renaissance-era Palace
Quick Facts | Villa d’Este
- Location: Tivoli, Italy (30 kilometers east of Rome)
- Type of Attraction: State Museum
- Year of Construction: 16th century.
- Built by: Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este, Governor of Tivoli
- Architecture Style: Renaissance Architecture, European Mannerism & Baroque
- Architects Involved: Pirro Ligorio, Alberto Galvani, Giovanni Battista della Porta (Engineer)
- Number of Fountains: Over 500 fountains and water features.
- UNESCO World Heritage Site: Since 2001
Plan your Visit to Villa d’Este
Address: P.za Trento, 5, 00019 Tivoli RM, Italy [ Map Link ]
The Villa d'Este is located in the heart of Tivoli, 29 kilometers east of Rome.
The shortest route to Villa d'Este from Rome is to take a direct train from Termini/ Tiburtina to Tivoli station, which is a short stroll away from the villa. You can also take the Metro Line B to Ponte Mammolo and then a bus designated for Tivoli.
Nearest Landmark: Hadrian's Villa (5.5 km away)
Monday: 2 PM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday to Sunday: 8:30 AM - 7:45 PM
Last admission: 4 PM on all days
The garden’s closing hours vary throughout the year:
- January: 4:45 PM
- February: 5:15 PM
- March: 6:00 PM
- April: 7:15 PM
- May to August: 7:30 PM
- September: 7:00 PM
- October: 6:15 PM
- November to December: 4:45 PM.
What to See at Villa'D Este?
Apartments of the Cardinal
The top floor of Villa d'Este served as Ippolito II d'Este's personal living space. The Grand Salon, the Throne room, the bedroom, the private study, and the chapel are the most fascinating areas offering first-hand insights into the taste and lifestyle of Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este.
The Noble Apartments
Down the flight of circular stone stairs, the Noble Floor comprises roughly 10 ornately painted chambers that are off a long corridor, called the Manica Lunga. Each of the rooms are intricately decorated and have distinctive themes relating to nature, mythology, or history.
Hall of Noah
Durante Alberti painted the Room of Noah (Sala di Noe)'s frescoes between 1570 and 1571, based on sketches by Girolamo Muziano. The art depicts Noah thanking God for saving him by putting a stop to the Great Flood.
Hall of the Fountain
The Central Room or the Hall of the Fountain has frescoed interiors and features a stunning mosaic fountain (featuring glass, seashells, and precious stones) with the iconic white eagle of the d'Este dynasty perched on it.
Gardens of Villa d’Este
The Fountain of the Dragons
It symbolizes the eleventh attempt of Hercules, who killed the 100-headed dragon named Ladon to get the golden apples from the Garden of the Esperidi for Euristo. The sound produced by the fountain's hydraulic when bursting water resembles that of cannons fired.
The Fountain of the Organ
The Fountain of the Organ, constructed in 1571, draws water to power instruments like pipes and trumpets through a complex internal system. Musical compositions are timed to the water jets.
The Terrace of the Hundred Fountains
The Hundred Fountains are prominently displayed along a promenade that runs beside the mansion. There are about 300 spouts shooting water streams at various heights. The whole ensemble is a fan-favorite.
The Fountain of the Owl
It was erected between 1565 and 1569 in the Southwest corner of the garden. The musical fountain has a more formal outlook, standing on a terrace encircled by walls with niches and topped with the white eagle and lily emblems of the d'Este family.
The "Rometta" is a small reproduction of ancient Rome, complete with miniature temples, houses, and ruins that are intricately carved out of stone. The engravings are a testament to Rome's enduring fascination with classical antiquity.
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Villa d'Este Tivoli | UNESCO World Heritage Site
In 2001, the Villa d'Este was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its exceptional beauty, artistic and architectural significance, and contribution to the development of garden design and hydraulic engineering.
The gardens incorporate elements of both Renaissance and Mannerist design and were developed on a steep slope. It had a heavy impact on the evolution of garden design in Europe, influencing the large fountain system of the 18th-century Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, the 17th-century Herrenhausen Gardens in Hanover, Germany, and the Palace of Versailles in France.
Frequently Asked Questions About Villa d’Este. Tivoli
Villa d'Este is a 16th-century Renaissance villa located in Tivoli, Italy, known for its impressive terraced gardens and fountains.
Villa d'Este is known for its stunning gardens featuring hundreds of fountains, waterfalls, and terraces, as well as its impressive Renaissance architecture.
The Villa d'Este was commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este, a member of the powerful and wealthy d'Este family, and designed by architect Pirro Ligorio in the 16th century.
The exact date when it first opened to visitors is not known, but it has been a popular tourist destination since the 19th century.
Villa d'Este is located in the town of Tivoli, which is about 30 kilometers east of Rome, Italy.
A: Villa d'Este is located in the town of Tivoli, which is about 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of Rome, Italy (approximately 45 minute - 1 hour drive from Rome to Villa d'Este and 30-60 minutes with trains/buses).
Villa d'Este is open from Tuesday to Sunday 8.30 am – 7:45 pm (last admission at 6:45 pm) – garden closing hours varies through the week. Monday closed.
A: Approximately three hours are enough to explore Vista d’Este and Tivoli gardens.
Villa d'Este features beautiful Renaissance architecture and contains many ornately decorated rooms and chambers with frescoes, paintings, and sculptures. However, the main attraction of the villa is its stunning gardens, which are filled with hundreds of fountains, waterfalls, and terraces that are considered to be some of the finest examples of Italian garden design in the world.
A: Villa d'Este features exquisite interior decoration that includes frescoes, stucco work, marble sculptures, and other ornamental features.
A: There are over 500 fountains ornamenting the Villa d’Este Tivoli.
A: Yes, the Villa d'Este’s palace and gardens are definitely worth visiting if you are interested in art, architecture, and Italian Renaissance history. The UNESCO World Heritage site is renowned for its exquisite beauty, artistic appeal, and influential style.
The dress code for visiting Villa d'Este is generally business casual and comfortable. Outfits like swimwear, bare-chested, and shorts are not permitted for men or women.
A: You may take photos but the use of tripods and flash is prohibited.
A: Only a portion of Villa d'Este is wheelchair accessible. The upper terrace of the garden is accessible by lift from street level. Electric vehicles are available for exploring gardens & fountains.
A: Yes, you can buy Villa d'Este tickets online.
A: The price of a ticket to Villa d'Este varies depending on the type of experience you choose, but the prices start at €16.
Yes, guided tours of the villa and gardens are available at Villa d'Este. These tours are led by professional guides who can provide detailed information about the history, architecture, and art of the site.