A Glimpse of Villa d’Este

A little while back we wrote an article about Hadrian’s Villa in the town of Tivoli.  It is an absolutely amazing site for people to visit especially if you love ruins and architecture but did you know Hadrian’s Villa inspired a Renaissance villa called Villa d’Este?

 

Villa d’Este is perhaps most known for its amazing fountains and when Alex and I visited Hadrian’s Villa we also decided to spend the other half of the afternoon exploring the gardens.  You can explore the villa itself but it is really known for its grounds and the fact that it has sweeping views of the Roman countryside.

This is the view you are greeted with as you enter the gardens at Villa d'Este.  This alone should convince you to visit
This is the view you are greeted with as you enter the gardens at Villa d’Este. This alone should convince you to visit
The Roman countryside is really beautiful.  I always suggest to people to spend some time outside the city when they come to visit.  Country life in Italy is really something special.
The Roman countryside is really beautiful. I always suggest to people to spend some time outside the city when they come to visit. Country life in Italy is really something special.
We occasionally take pictures together.  They all look like this and the backgrounds just change.  In this case one of the awesome fountains we found while wandering the gardens.
We occasionally take pictures together. They all look like this and the backgrounds just change. In this case one of the awesome fountains we found while wandering the gardens.

Fountain!

The main terrace of the Villa d'Este has these gorgeous reflecting pools and is a great spot to relax and take it all in.
The main terrace of the Villa d’Este has these gorgeous reflecting pools and is a great spot to relax and take it all in.

Fountain and Reflecting Pools at Vlilla d'Este

The Villa d'Este is a very romantic spot, a perfect place to steal a quick kiss
The Villa d’Este is a very romantic spot, a perfect place to steal a quick kiss

Reflecting Pools

Side Fountains at Villa d'Este

Cardinal Ippolitio II d'Este, who built the Villa, also constructed a miniature version of Rome as a fountain
Cardinal Ippolitio II d’Este, who built the Villa, also constructed a miniature version of Rome as a fountain

Row of 100 Fountains

Tivoli is easily reached from Rome by train and is definitely worth the trek out there, even to just spend the afternoon exploring the grounds of the villa and perhaps having a glass of wine on the terrace. 🙂

 

Have you ever visited Tivoli?  What did you think of the gardens at the Villa d’Este?

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