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Arriving at the rendevous point we met Lara, our guide, who made all further arrangments so we could start our voyage leading us to Tivoli and our first activity, Villa Adriana. Despite we had gentle rainfall and some hill to climb upwards all 35 members of our mixed group (age 25 to 75) made it in no time. (I had the feeling the english members did really enjoy the weather) Lara told us all about the place and history, also referring to our questions - with much time for taking pictures. Afterwards we drove to Tivoli City having about 1,5 hours off for lunch or sightseeing. The visit of Villa d´Este started with the tour by Lara with also the possibility of adventuring the gardens and fountains on our own. With gentle rainfall before we now had a great impression of the gardens. All mosaics were in blaze of colour and the plants were in fresh green. It was just marvelous to see everything in this state. So time spun away while enjoying every little fountain and sculpture.
Despite the deterioration of the buildings one could reconstruct the wonderful archirectural design and stunning engineering achievements time - 118 - 138 AD. Site management should provide better signage for visitors so they don't have to interpret where to go after each site is visited. That is the map should include the walking path with arrows directing visitors from site to site. Currently, it is up to the visiot to work out where the next stop is - wasting a lot of time and creating a certain amount of stress that some might be missed, as happened to us.
It was an excellent tour guided by Giuseppe, he not only made it funny and enjoyable, but added plenty of historical, artistic and architectural details. Both places are breathtaking and a must see for people who dont like to make the average Joe tour. Additionally, the lunch time at Tivoli was very nice, regrettably there is short time to sightsee this beautiful place. I must say that I don't like guided tours, but this was really amazing, in content and with the best tour guide ever, Giuseppe!
The tour guide was excellent, the first tour was of the ruins of Hadrian's Villa, there is still much remaining to see just how significant the Emperor Hadrian's villa was. The second tour of the Villa D'Este was also excellent, the residence is fully intact with intricate artwork murals, with time to just stroll around the beautiful & pristine gardens, perched high on the hillside above Rome!
We had a small group tour of 5 people, which was FABULOUS! Our tour guide, Alfredo, was so knowledgeable and patient. This is a gorgeous area to tour and a welcomed break from the busyness of Rome. We would highly recommend booking with this company, as they keep their groups small. Some other companies will book 50 people on this same tour.