If you’re heading to Rome, don’t miss out on taking a trip to Tivoli, a picturesque town in the comune, Lazio. Here, you can see beautiful waterfalls, gorgeous houses and landscapes with that famous Italian beauty, but the main attraction is Villa D’Esta. The people of my generation might recognise it as a setting in the Lizzie McGuire Movie, or just a pretty place with stunning gardens and waterfalls. Either way, if you’re visiting Rome for whatever length of time, you’re not going to want to miss out.
To get to Tivoli from Rome you must get the metro to TIBURTINA, where you can then get a train to Tivoli. The train can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes, so if you want a quicker journey, make sure to get a train with fewer stops. The train travels through the gorgeous Italian countryside, so make sure you get a window seat to take in the views.From the Tivoli train station, there are sign posts directing the way to Villa D’Esta, a 20 minute walk away, although there is a shuttlebus if you’re not up to walking. However, I do recommend walking as Tivoli is a sweet town with lots of beautiful photo opportunities.Finally, when you reach Villa D’Esta you can see what all the fuss is about. The palace is small compared to the garden, but worth a walk around to see the collection of art.The garden is the main attraction of Villa D’Esta, as it is a perfect example of a Renaissance garden with the fountains and ornamental basins. It is an early example of how we see European gardens today and it is well worth visiting each fountain and wandering around the entire garden.As well as the fountains, you can see fantastic views of Tivoli from the edge of the garden, as it looks out over a cliff to the rest of the town and is one of the best viewpoints I saw during my trip to Italy, which is saying a lot.