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One of the most popular of Villa Gregoriana’s natural treasures is the Valle dell’ Infierno, or Valley of Hell. This valley lies a short hike from the entrance and is known mostly for the waterfall at the end of the hike. You descend into the infamous valley from the lovely Gregorian bridge that connects Tivoli's historic center to the park.
Pope Gregory XVI had the river redirected through the Mount Catillo tunnel during the construction of Villa Gregoriana. This huge tunnel will now be the first stop on your Villa Gregoriana tour. This tunnel is a great spot for taking photographs, however, it is often crowded because of its proximity to the entrance.
You will pass interesting locations on your way to Villa Gregoriana, like the ruins of Manlio Volpiscus' first-century Roman villa, which Roman authors Horace and Statius praised in ecstatic terms. Even though the villa is not in a state that could dictate its former beauty, its scale is still a hauntingly beautiful sight.
The Tiburtine Acropolis is situated on a rocky spur and has two temples: the Sybil, which has a rectangular layout, and Vesta, which has a round plan. The Temple of Vesta has evolved over time to become the symbol of Tivoli. It was rediscovered in the Renaissance era of the 19th century and was a favorite subject of Romantic landscape painters.
Neptune’s Grotta is one of only two cave systems found near the Villa Gregoriana. It sparks great tourist interest because of its historical significance. The Aniene river flowed through Neptune’s Grotta before it was diverted and assumed its current appearance. The unique hydraulic construction is worth your time.
The Siren’s Grotta is the second cave system in the Villa Gregoriana complex. The narrow walkway and small yard leading to the caves are truly a place of serene elegance. The Siren’s Grotta is also known as the Mermaid’s Cave because of the well-carved stones and the sensory beauty of the area.
The Great Waterfall is not only called so because of its history and antiquity. The waterfall has a drop of over 130 meters, making it a grand view for tourists. There is a viewing platform at the base of the waterfall that provides a great view of this majestic waterfall.
The Nymphaeum is a Roman-era artificial cave built on a cliff where there was likely a different waterfall. The Aniene River was channeled even in Roman times to prevent flooding and to supply a network of mills, remnants of which have been discovered.
You will thoroughly enjoy the walk through the eerie Percorso Moillis, which was carved out of the mountain in 1809 to make it simpler for painters and other visitors to reach the abyss. Back in the day, artists and visitors had to be lowered down into the chasm using ropes.
Duration of Visit: 2 to 3 hours
Best Time to Visit: The best time to visit Villa Gregoriana in Tivoli is during the shoulder season in the months of April, May, October, and November. The weather is mild and the tourist footfall is on the lower side.
Address: Largo Sant'Angelo, 1, 00019 Tivoli RM, Italy
Entrance: Largo Sant Angelo
Exit: Temple of Vesta
After a full day of exploration, head to the following places to grab a bite.
A. It is recommended that you purchase Villa Gregoriana tickets online to secure your seat in advance and ensure a hassle-free touring experience.
A. Yes, Villa Gregoriana tickets can be purchased online. In fact, it is best to buy them online to reserve your spot in advance.
A. Villa Gregoriana tickets start from €8. They come with added benefits like the free cancellation policy. If you book these tickets online, you can cancel them up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund on your purchase.
A. Yes, purchasing Villa Gregoriana tickets online often comes with attractive discounts and combo offers.
A. The most popular attractions at Villa Gregoriana are Neptune’s Grotta, Percorso Moillis, and The Great Waterfall. The walk and the surrounding vegetation make the Villa Gregoriana one of the most Romantic parks in Italy.
A. Yes, Villa Gregoriana requires you to purchase tickets before entering.
A. Villa Gregoriana is located on Largo Sant'Angelo in Tivoli, about 40 kilometers away from Rome.
A. Some of the highlights at Villa Gregoriana include the Valle dell’ Infierno, the Great Waterfall, Mount Catillo Tunnel, Siren’s Grotta, and the temples of Vistas and Tiberius. Make sure to spare a few hours to explore these to the fullest.
A. You can take the Line B metro and reach Ponte Mammalo. To reach the villa, you can also take a train from the Rome-Pescara line and get down at Tivoli train station. The Villa Gregoriana is only 300 m from Tivoli train station. You can also board any COTRAL bus and reach Largo Sant Angelo.
A. Villa Gregoriana is open from 10 AM to 6.30 PM from 29 April to 30 June, 6 September to 10 October, and 31 October to 19 December. And, the Villa is open from 9 AM to 8 PM from 1 July to 5 September and from 11 October to 30 October from 10 AM to 6 PM.
A. Villa Gregoriana provides on-site ticket booking facilities in addition to a guided tour of the Villa Gregoriana premises, upon previous notification. They also have an exclusive shop with FAI items, toilets, and drinking water fountains.
A. No, Villa Gregoriana is not wheelchair accessible. The complex has rugged terrain and flights of stairs at many points.
A. Yes, photography is allowed at Villa Gregoriana. In fact, commercial photography is encouraged to popularize this little slice of Italian heritage.
A. Yes, Villa Gregoriana is one of the best places to visit on a day trip from Rome. The second-highest waterfall in Italy, Cascata Grande, is something to behold. The lavish villa of Roman Consul Manlius Vopiscus is awe-inspiring. The Latin poet Horace also enjoyed visiting this opulent mansion. The temples and Grottas at Villa Gregoriana are also worth your time.