Sanctuary of Hercules Victor

Via degli Stabilimenti, 5
00019 Tivoli (RM)

Offices and Administration Dept.::

tel.:+39 0774330329

Sanctuary of Hercules Victor Ticket Office
(service provided by Società Cooperativa Culture)

tel: +39 0774382733
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Sanctuary of Hercules Victor

The Sanctuary of Hercules Victor is one of the major examples of Roman cult architecture of the Republican era (building began in the 2nd century B.C.). A spectacular structure of an imposing size, it was built on a vast raised open site towering over the river Aniene, along an ancient transhumance route, which subsequently became the via Tiburtina. The road was carried under the architectural complex by a tunnel (Via Tecta or “covered street”), which was built beneath it.

The sanctuary was formed by three parts: the theatre, which made use of the naturally sloping ground, a large square surrounded by porticoes and the actual temple in the centre of the square and aligned with the theatre. After the site had been abandoned as a place of worship, it began to be used for different purposes. The presence of abundant water attracted industries, such as wool mills, an arms factory, foundries, a paper mill and the first hydroelectric power plant, which produced alternating current for a considerable area. So much so, the Sanctuary area now includes an extraordinary industrial heritage.

The Sanctuary is open every day*** at the following times:

11 a.m. – 5 p.m. from 2 January until 29 February
11 a.m.–6.30 p.m. during the month of March *
10 a.m.–7.30 p.m. from the last Sunday of March until 30 September
11 a.m.–6.30 p.m. during the month of October **
11 a.m.-5 p.m. from 26 October until 31 December

*from the last Sunday of March, as summer time starts, opening hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
** from 26 October, as winter time is resumed, opening hours are 11 a.m. –5 p.m.

Visits are allowed for a maximum of 15 people at 11.30, 14.30 and 16.30 on weekdays and holidays. Reservations are required for visits (tel. +39 0774330329, email

Outside the aforementioned hours, visits are allowed only by reservation for groups (info: Coopculture website;
A visit to the Sanctuary of Hercules Victor takes on average an hour.

The entrance ticket can be purchased exclusively online at the Coopculture website and at the ticket office of Villa Adriana (Largo Marguerite Yourcenar, 1-Tivoli -RM).

The Sanctuary of Ercole Vincitore is closed on January 1st and December 25th, except for extraordinary openings on the MiC project on the recommendation of the General Directorate of Museums


As recommended by the Museum General Management “You are hereby informed that this Institute undertakes to offer visitors the longest possible opening hours, in compliance with the criteria established for the opening hours to the public, security and safety of Italian state museums and cultural facilities provided for by Ministerial Decree D.M. of 30 June 2016, pending completion of the expected proceedings to overcome the current lack of staff and set up the consequent recruiting procedures

NEW ADMISSION FORMALITIES AND TARIFFS FROM 28 MAY 2020 due to the Covid-19 Healthcare emergency Tariffs are subject to revision following government law amendments due to the Covid-19 Healthcare emergency 

Booking online at coopculture website and from the Ticket office of Villa Adriana.

Tours, including the Antiquarium are available for groups of a limited number of participants (up to 15 people) with admission every 15 minutes from opening hours until 45 minutes before the site closes. Visitors and tourist guides are reminded not to form crowds.

  • full ordinary ticket € 8,00 with the exhibition “Ecce Homo: the encounter between the divine and the human for a different anthropology” (25 June – 17 October 2021), subject to the concessions provided for in the entry regulations for places of culture Italians, available on the website of MiC
  • integrated ticket Villa d’Este and Santuario di Ercole Vincitore € 15,00 with the exhibition “Ecce Homo: the encounter between the divine and the human for a different anthropology” (25 June – 17 October 2021)
  • local tariff at 50% of the regular full price ticket for all residents of Tivoli and neighbouring Municipalities (Castel Madama, Guidonia Montecelio, Marcellina, San Polo dei Cavalieri, San Gregorio da Sassola, Vicovaro and Rome – Rome until 30.06.2020; Palestrina and Subiaco): 4,00
  • Villae con voi’ 2-euro discount on the regular full price ticket upon presentation of a till receipt for at least 10 euros issued no more than 24 hours previously by an affiliated business concern: (Rate valid until 30 June 2021)

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  • Cumulative admission ticket to Villa Adriana and the Sanctuary of Hercules Victor (with exhibition) € 12

(service provided by Società Cooperativa Culture)
tel: +390774382733

Other info

regular full price ticket € 5

Villa Adriana and Sanctuary of Hercules Victor cumulative admission ticket to both sites € 12, without prejudice to cases of free admission provided for by law. These tariffs may change when exhibitions are being held in the archaeological site.

Ministerial Decree D. M. 9 January 2019, in force since 28 February 2019, established that:

  • admission is free on every first Sunday of every month from October to March (suspended for safety reasons_Covid-19);
  • admission is free of charge during MuseumWeek (in 2019 from 5 to 10 March);
  • further 8 free admission days established by the Institutes: the VILLAE promote free admission every first Monday of every month from May to December (suspended for safety reasons_Covid-19)
  • tickets costing 2 euros for young people aged 18 to 25 years. For further incentives consult: MiC website.

Please note the initiative whereby, each Monday, citizens of Tivoli and the neighbouring Municipalities (Castel Madama, Guidonia Montecelio, Marcellina, San Polo dei Cavalieri, San Gregorio da Sassola, Vicovaro, with the exception of Rome) are entitled to free admission (suspended for safety reasons_Covid-19


Guided tours for groups of visitors and school groups must be booked

You are advised to wear comfortable clothing, suited to the season, and sensible low-heeled shoes.

Certain parts of the site may be closed for restoration work or other technical requirements; ask at the Ticket Office for information. Pay particular attention to areas where danger signs have been affixed. Since the archaeological site is mainly outdoors, visitors are required take all the precautions described in the website of the Civil Defence service which we recommend consulting (risk activities, meteo-hydro risk, are you prepared?); knowing about such events is the first step towards learning how to deal with them correctly and defend oneself from danger.

The Civil Defence Department is engaged in an awareness-raising campaign focused on imparting a few simple rules on how to prevent or reduce the damage caused by natural disasters and what you need to do before, during and after meteorological and hydro-geological events.

For individuals: set time departure on Sundays (except the first Sunday of the month) at 11.30 a.m.: € 5 booking recommended € 2

Groups of visitors and school groups: Booking is obligatory. Phone +39 0774 382733 or +39 06 39967900.

Groups with their own guide need not book.

The Villae are part of an inestimable architectural, archaeological, historical and naturalistic heritage. To preserve their beauty and protect them from damage they must be treated with care. We need everyone’s cooperation if this precious and fragile legacy is to maintain its splendour and continue to reveal its age-old history.

The Villae comprise diverse, multiform sites, but are the expression of one and the same cultural heredity and unitary management principles. This is why we have drawn up a single set of general regulations for conscious and respectful fruition of the venues that can be easily adapted to suit the specific characteristics of each one of us.

By Car

By Car: Take the A24 motorway and exit at the Tivoli or Castel Madama toll booths. Drive from Villa Adriana along via degli Orti, then via degli Stabilimenti. Alternatively, drive to Tivoli centre and park (subject to a parking fee) in Piazza Garibaldi or in the multi-storey car park in Piazza Massimo, then proceed on foot. Pay attention to the restricted traffic areas.

Parking facilities: via degli Stabilimenti, free of charge from 8 a.m. until 6.30 p.m.. The ticket provided with the admission ticket must be displayed; Piazza Massimo, multi-storey car park (subject to a parking fee).

Public Transport

By BUS from Rome: Take the subway, Metro B, and get off at the station of Ponte Mammolo, then take the Co.Tra.L. bus via Prenestina or via Tiburtina or via the motorway (preferable) to Tivoli. Get off at the Largo delle Nazioni Unite stop and proceed on foot: Piazza Santa Croce, Via della Missione, Via Campitelli, Via del Colle, Via degli Stabilimenti.

BY RAIL from Stazione Termini or from Stazione Tiburtina until reaching the railway station of Tivoli. From there, follow the pedestrian route suggested below.


Pedestrian route from Tivoli railway station: Via Sant’Agnese, via Valeria, Piazza Massimo, via S. Valerio, Via del Colle, Via degli Stabilimenti.

Pedestrian route from Villa d’Este (15 minutes): Piazza Trento, via della Missione, via Campitelli, via del Colle, via degli Stabilimenti