Tivoli Is The Perfect Day Trip From Rome.
After ruining ruins in Rome, my friend Graham and I decided we needed to leave the scene of my ‘misdeed.’ Also, as it was unbearably hot and humid in early September we wanted a bit of a reprieve. We didn’t want to spend a lot of time commuting, so the historic town of Tivoli, once known as being a summer treat for the Roman elite, was the ideal spot to still get our culture on, but also a place to unwind. We explored the 16th Century Villa d’Este, and walked up, down and all around Villa Gregoriana Park.
Villa d’Este – Tivoli
Graham and I explored this vast estate which was built in the 16th Century for Cardinal Ippolito d’Este. Although the palace was exquisitely and lavishly furnished, the gardens were the main attraction. Graham and I tried to pretend that we were the Cardinal’s guests who would have dined al fresco among the many water features. (We determined that we would have been banned from future celebrations – our conversation topics would not have sat well with the elite and religious). As we wandered this remarkable site, we came upon The Fountain of Diana of Ephesus, who had water sprouting from her many breasts, The Fountain of Venus, The Fountain of Neptune and The Fountain of the Organ. If you love Renaissance Fountains, this is the best Villa to view them.
Villa Gregoriana Park – Tivoli
After a pasta lunch with fried zucchini and burrata, we headed to The Villa Gregoriana Park which felt a bit out-of-place in the Roman Town. Commissioned by Pope Gregory XVI in 1835, it is nestled in a deep canyon where the Aniene River cascades. The Park felt more like the woodlands of Vancouver. I think the cliffs, waterfalls, and caves against the lush forest brought back a familiar feel. Therefore it was awesome to hike as it was completely different from anything I have experienced traveling through Italy.
How to get to Tivoli from Rome
You can easily make your way by bus. No need to pay extra for a tour group.
From the Termini Station in Rome take the Metro Linea B to Ponte Mammolo, about 10 minutes. At Ponte Mammolo buy your bus ticket from the machine or the ticket desk and stamp your ticket aboard the bus. The journey will take about 45-60 minutes depending on traffic. When leaving Tivoli, the bus stop is close to Piazza Garibaldi. The round trip will cost about 7 Euros.