Historic Gardens as Cultural Heritage

Rome Villa and Garden Tour

We are pleased to announce our NEW 2 day and 3 day Rome Garden Excursion! Food, wine, and some of the most beautiful historic sites in the world will make for an unforgettably authentic Italian experience. Day 1 of our tour begins with a morning visit to the internationally acclaimed “Giardino Delle Rose Antiche”. This private garden outside of Rome spans 2 hectares with over 3000 varieties of roses including rare antique roses. Our garden tour is followed by a four-course lunch featuring traditional Roman dishes (organic, seasonal, local produce) with paired wine tastings at an architecturally restored medieval castle. Our experienced sommelier, Claudia, selects and discusses the wine pairings. In the afternoon, we visit the castle with the Earl of the estate discussing the history and restoration of this iconic location.

Day 2 of the excursion begins at Villa Adriana, Tivoli: the magnificent country estate of the ancient Roman Emperor Hadrian. It is believed to be one of the largest archaeological sites in Europe covering 120 hectares, and since 1999 has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Our visit to Villa Adriana focuses on the intricate terraced gardens and water systems designed by Hadrian; structures that have influenced architects and designers for the last two millennia. After our morning visit, we stop to enjoy a delicious private lunch on the archaeological site. In the afternoon, we visit the famous Renaissance villa and gardens of Villa d’Este inspired by Hadrian’s country estate. The design of the Renaissance gardens and fountains by Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este and his architect Pirro Ligorio soon became the prototype for all Renaissance gardens that followed. We culminate our day with a leisurely slow food dinner at Villa Adriana.

Day 3 of our excursion takes us to the stunning setting of “Villa Gregoriana” Park situated on the side of the ravine that forms Tivoli. The history of this site dates back to the early Roman era with architectural artifacts of the temples of Vesta and Sybil still gracing the landscape. The famous Tivoli Cascades became a destination point on the Grand Tour and a source of inspiration for many artists as Claude Lorrain and Poussin. Our visit to this site is followed by lunch at a delightful restaurant adjacent to one of the temples of Sybil and overlooking the ravine. On our way back to Rome our driver will sweep by the Tivoli Cascades for one final, breathtaking view.

Itinerary:

Features Included:

3 Days, 2 nights superior accommodation
2 Breakfasts
3 Lunches
2 Dinners
Wine tasting
Museum and site entry fees included
Transportation by private van to sites



Day 1:
9:00 a.m. Leaving Rome centre by private car service to Rose Garden
9:30-11:30 a.m. Tour of internationally renowned Rose Garden
11:45 a.m. Car service to Medieval Castle
12:30-2:30 p.m. Lunch with wine tastings at Medieval Castle
2:30-3:30 p.m. Visit of Medieval Castle, history and restoration
4:00 p.m. Leave Castle for Tivoli
5:00 p.m. Arrive at Tivoli, check-in hotel
7:30 p.m. Dinner at Villa Adriana



Day 2:
Breakfast hotel included
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Archaeological site Hadrian’s Villa
1:00 – 2:30p.m. Lunch on archaeological site of Hadrian’s Villa
2:45 p.m. Transportation to Villa d’Este, Tivoli
3:15- 5:15 p.m. Villa d’Este, Tivoli
6:00 p.m. Transportation to Hadrian’s Villa, Tivoli
8:00 p.m. Dinner, restaurant, slow food dinner

Day 3:
Breakfast hotel included
9:30 a.m. Check out hotel
10:00 a.m. to Villa Gregoriana, Tivoli with private car service
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Visit to Villa Gregoriana Park
1:00 p.m. to restaurant Tivoli with private car service
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Lunch restaurant, Tivoli (on terrace weather permitting)
3:30 Return to Rome by private car service
4:30 p.m. arrive in Rome central

2 Day Option Rome Garden Tour

We also offer a 2 day Rome Garden Tour celebrating gardens, architecture, slow food, and wine tastings. For further information and price contact: info@culturalheritagetoursitaly.org

Note: for those clients wishing to stay in Rome the night before the excursion we are pleased to assist in finding accommodation from a delightful convent albergo to a four star hotel in the historic centre (for a modest additional fee).

Our Garden Walking Tours are in keeping with our philosophy of safeguarding and preserving our cultural legacies; gardens as cultural heritage.

Rome Garden Tour Brochure