If you ever find yourself in Rome and want to see something a little different while also escaping the mass tourists in the city for awhile, then a day trip out to the area of Tivoli to see the UNESCO heritage site of Villa D’Este is the solution.
This is going to sound supremely lame but I remembered this place from a scene in the Lizzie McGuire movie years ago where she gets taken out for a date and thought it looked so lovely I wanted to see it for myself!
Exhibiting architecture and gardens from the Renaissance period, while the villa itself is a beautiful building filled with colourful ceilings and intricate tapestries, the real prize is what lies outside it.
The gardens are supremely well kept and the combination of wonderful statues, water features and greenery at every turn will make it easy to spend a few hours wandering the multi level gardens.
I could talk about its beginnings of the site as learned from the self audio guide I took while there but the scenery speaks for itself really!
How to get there
I took the metro a couple stops from Roma Termini (central station) and then an overground train and it was roughly an hour each way.
It wasn’t too hard since Tivoli is the last stop on the line. From there I simply walked maybe 15 minutes into town to get to the Villa. I think the return journey wasn’t more than 10 euros or so.
Just be aware that you must validate your ticket before you get on the train EVEN if you bought it that day at Termini.
You do this by punching it into a machine (usually not that noticeable) at a station. Otherwise you too can have a happy time disputing a fine from the guard on board like I did (negotiating the fine from a hefty 50 euros down to 5).