There were just too many pictures to choose from that I decided to do a two-part blog post on my trip to Tivoli with Claudio. I am braking the post up into what we did in the AM and PM, as well as which sites we visited. This felt like a scene out of a movie. A tree-lined road, haystacks to the left, a beautiful sunny day. I could not not stop and take pictures on the property of a B&B right next to the entrance to Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli. I have always wanted to walk/drive down a tree-lined road and take pictures; now I can check that off the list.
Tivoli is a town outside of Rome that is easy to get to. Viator and TripAdvisor have tours to the town; it is a 30 minute drive from Rome or accessible by bus from Rome. I highly recommend a day-trip to this town, especially if you are a history nerd like me. 🙂
Claudio and I decided to go to Hadrian’s Villa first and when we bought our ticket, we were given the option to visit the Sanctuary of Ercole Vincitore. On this site is the ruins of an ancient temple and factories that were used over the course of time. Inside one of the buildings was an exhibit with pottery and statues found from the area.
Normally I am all about seeing the different historical sites and absorbing all the information I can from pamphlets that are provided or from guides; this is something that can totally be skipped. If you go to Tivoli, just buy the ticket for Hadrian’s Villa. Claudio and I were kicking ourselves for going and losing an hour and a half of the day.
Claudio and I did not have a tour guide, we used the poorly placed signs and maps to help us determine where we were and where we were going. I had taken a picture of the map as and the suggested order to follow but we ended up following our own route. I have to say that I was disappointed with how poorly the maps and signs were laid out. Claudio and I were expecting at least a map of our own that we could use to help us navigate, maybe with a little description of the villa itself. Something! Being the history nerd that I am, I would have loved something with more description to learn about what I am seeing. I definitely want to come back to the villa at dusk when they light up the canopo (the area with all the statues surrounding the pool) – maybe I will do a guided tour then so I can learn more about the villa.
By the time we were done at the canopo, Claudio and I were starving. We drove into the town itself to find somewhere to eat lunch. We chose to eat at a restaurant near Villa D’Este, our next destination and what will be in Part 2 of the Tivoli blog post.
Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for part 2 coming Wednesday!