Hotels in Tivoli
Tivoli is an ancient town is the Lazio region of central Italy. The town was once a retreat for Roman emperors wanting to escape the clamour of the city. As a result, lavish villas were built here and these constitute some of Tivoli's main attractions.
However, they are not all the town has going for it and Tivoli hotels offer access to its many cultural riches.
Of course, Tivoli's villas are the main reason why tourists flock to the town. Villa Adriana was the Emperor Hadrian's country retreat and is the largest Roman villa ever built. It is also one of the town's two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The total area of the villa is about the same size as the city of Pompeii and so it is worth taking a day in which to see it all. The complex includes several palaces, thermae, theatres, temples, libraries and slave quarters, and a visit here truly brings home Rome's amazing wealth.
Villa d'Este is Tivoli's second World Heritage Site and is most famous for its stunningly beautiful terraced gardens. However, this is not to forget the villa itself, which contains lavish rooms full of paintings and sculptures.
The gardens were the work of Cardinal d'Este, a vainglorious and wealthy 16th-century Italian cardinal. He commissioned the gardens at the height of his power to impress visiting dignitaries and churchmen.
The dozens of fountains that make up the gardens range in size from very small to huge and they really are a sight to behold. They all rely on natural water pressure that comes from the steep slope that the gardens are built on.
After exploring all of Tivoli's ancient riches, come back to the present with a visit to one of the town's incredible restaurants.
Ristorante Il Ciocco is a local favourite and, once you've tasted their food, you'll understand why. The restaurant has a fantastic outdoor terrace that overlooks the Temple of Vesta and the Villa Gregoriana.
Another unforgettable meal can be found at the Osteria La Briciola, which is particularly noted for its excellent soups and stews.
For a lighter meal, with more emphasis on the wine, Lucignolo Risto Wine Bar is open late and offers great cold meats and cheese to accompany your cool glass of Pinot Grigio.
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