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c/o Villa Erba
Largo Luchino Visconti, 4
22012 Cernobbio (COMO)

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Opening hours
All year round, ever day, from 8:30 AM to 7:45 PM
Monday opening at 14:00
The ticket office closes at 6:45 PM

The entrance for visitors is on PIAZZA TRENTO, the compulsory exit from PIAZZA CAMPITELLI

GREEN PASS: in compliance with the government regulations in force, provided for all places of culture in Italy (ref. D.L. of 23 July 2021), from 6 August 2021 it is mandatory that visitors show the Green Pass accompanied by a valid identity document to access Villa d'Este.
The provisions do not apply to children under the age of 12 and persons with specific medical certification.
Full price: € 10.00
Concessions: €2.00

Booking is mandatory on the weekends and Holidays
Piazza Trento, 5
00019 Tivoli (Roma)

T. +39 0774 45589


Villa d'Este

Tivoli , Rome

Giardino storico
In the Name of the Rose

© Dario Fusaro

© Dario Fusaro

© Dario Fusaro

© Dario Fusaro

© Dario Fusaro

© Dario Fusaro

How to reach

By Car
From Rome: Take the A24 motorway, exit at the Tivoli toll booth, then proceed along the Maremmana Inferiore road until you reach the junction with Via Tiburtina. Now head towards the centre of Tivoli. Alternatively, you can take via Tiburtina directly.

From L'Aquila: Take the A24 motorway and exit at the Castel Madama toll booth. Proceed along via Empolitana, then via Acquaregna and follow the directions for the town centre. Pay attention to the restricted traffic areas.
Parking facilities: There is a multi-storey car park the near Rocca Pia a few hundred meters from Villa d'Este and another parking lot in Piazza Garibaldi (both subject to a parking fee).
Public Transport

By BUS from Rome
Take the subway, Metro B, and get off at the station of Ponte Mammolo, then take the Co.Tra.L. bus via Prenestina or via Tiburtina or via motorway (preferable) to Tivoli. Get off at the Largo delle Nazioni Unite stop (near Piazza Garibaldi) and proceed on foot for a short distance.
BY RAIL: from Stazione Termini or from Stazione Tiburtina until reaching the railway station of Tivoli. Now proceed on foot following the directions for Villa d'Este


Villa d'Este, Italian masterpiece of garden art and Unesco Heritage
Site, is a much-copied example of European Mannerist and Baroque
gardens with its staggering concentration of fountains, nymphae,
grottoes, water games and hydraulic music. The landscape, historic
and artistic context of Tivoli, with ruins such as Villa Adriana and
a fascinating area of ravines, caves and waterfalls, increases the
beauty and prestige of the garden.

Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este, governor of Tivoli from 1550, revived
the ostentation of the courts of Ferrara, Rome and Fontainebleau
here, to recreate the magnificence of Villa Adriana. The project
of the painter-archaeologist-architect Pirro Ligorio was formulated
after 1560 and was subsequently carried out by Alberto Galvani,
the court architect.

On the death of the Cardinal in 1572 the organisation was almost
finished, but unfortunately we have no records of the initial display,
since the precious fittings and the collection of antique sculptures
have been lost. In the following century important new works were
undertaken, involving great masters such as Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
The halls of the villa were decorated following the directions of
protagonists of late Roman mannerism, including Muziano Agresti
and Federico Zuccai.

After a long period of neglect, plundering and deterioration the villa
became Italian State property, and a programme of restoration was
drawn up including the recent renovation of the Organ Fountain
and ''Bird Song''.

To Know

  • The water organ of the Fountain of the Organ is activated daily from 10.30 a.m. onwards, every two hours.
  • Certain parts of the Villa may be closed for restoration work; ask at the Ticket Office for information. Pay particular attention to areas where danger signs have been affixed.
  • Should the river Aniene become swollen due to heavy rainfall, the water supply of the Villa fountains could be temporarily shut off for a few days.
  • Audioguides can be used (in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish) during the visit to the Villa and Garden. They can be rented for € 4 at the entrance. (service no longer available due to Covid-19 Healthcare emergency)
  • Two bookshops, a multimedia room available to the public are to be found inside the Villa as well as a viewing facility, where a continuously looping introductory video in four languages about Villa d'Este is broadcast.

Pirro Ligorio