Villa d’Este

Piazza Trento, 5
00019 Tivoli (RM)

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Villa d’Este

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001, the villa grounds include a masterpiece of Italian garden design with an amazing concentration of fountains, nymphaea, grottoes, water themes and a organ which produces audible effects created by water.

This is the place where, disillusioned at not having been elected as Pope, Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este revived the splendour of the courts of Ferrara, Rome and Fointanebleau, and brought the magnificence of Villa Adriana back to life. Governor of Tivoli from the year 1550, he soon toyed with the idea of creating a garden on the slope of the Valle gaudente, but it was only after 1560 that the architectural and iconological aspects of the Villa, designed by painter-archaeologist-architect Pirro Ligorio and built by court architect Alberto Galvani, became clear. The palace was decorated by the protagonists of late Roman Mannerism.

The Villa had almost been completed by the time Ippolito d’Este died in 1572. Further work in the 17th century was followed by a period of decline, until Cardinal Gustav Adolf von Hohenlohe refurbished the old grandeur and even hosted musician Ferenc Liszt (1811-1886). Purchased by the Italian government between the Twenties and Thirties of the last century, the Villa was renovated and opened to the public

Opening hours at Villa d’Este monumental complex from 1 November 2017 onwards will be: 8.30 a.m. – 7.45 p.m. (the ticket office will close at 6.45 p.m.).

Monday opening at 2.00 pm

The exit from the garden will take place from Piazza Campitelli due to the Covid-19 emergency.

The time at which visitors must leave the Garden depends on the time at which the sun sets during the month in question:

  • January: 4.45 p.m.;
  • February: 5.15 p.m.;
  • March: 6 p.m. (7 p.m. when summer time comes into force);
  • April 7.15 p.m.;
  • from May until August: 7.30 p.m.;
  • September: 7 p.m.;
  • October: 6.15 p.m. (5.15 p.m. when winter time returns),
  • November and December: 4.45 p.m..

The complex remains closed on: Monday morning, 1 January and 25 December, with the exception of special occasions which will be indicated on this website.

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On the recommendation of 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 recruitment procedures

NEW ADMISSION FORMALITIES AND TARIFFS FROM 27 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).

Visitors enter from Piazza Trento, obligatory exit from Piazza Campitelli.

  • full ordinary ticket € 13.00 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): € 6,5
  • 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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offers cannot be combined with any other ongoing promotions.

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Full price ticket € 10, without prejudice to the incentives provided for by the regulations governing admission to places of Italian culture, which can be consulted at the MiC website.

These tariffs may change when exhibitions are being held in the villa.

Ministerial Decree D. M. 9 January 2019, in force since 28 February 2019, provides 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 the MiC website.
  • 8 March – International Women’s Day, free admission to women to museums and other cultural venues of the state (circ. No. 10 of 29/02/2016 Directorate-General of Museums).
  • From November 1st to March 15th, last admission 6.45pm with the ROSSO DI SERA project,whereby visitors can benefit from a discounted admission ticket at the price of € 6 (including exhibition) valid from the daily ticket office closing time of the month in question, without prejudice to the incentives provided for by the regulations governing admission to places of Italian culture, which can be consulted at the MiC website. This ticket does not entitle the holder to visit the Garden, which is without lighting at that time, but it is still possible to admire the Cloister, certain rooms in the Palace as well as a panoramic view of sunset from the Gran Loggia at the end of the Vialone. Visitors leave from the Piazza Trento exit.

Please also note the initiative whereby, each Monday from 2 p.m., 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).


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  • The water organ of the Fountain of the Organ is activated daily from 10.30 a.m. onwards, every two hours.
  • Certain parts of the Villa may be closed for restoration work; ask at the Ticket Office for information. Pay particular attention to areas where danger signs have been affixed.
  • Should the river Aniene become swollen due to heavy rainfall, the water supply of the Villa fountains could be temporarily shut off for a few days.
  • Audioguides can be used (in Italian, English, French, German and Spanish) during the visit to the Villa and Garden. They can be rented for € 4 at the entrance. (service no longer available due to Covid-19 Healthcare emergency)
  • Two bookshops, a multimedia room available to the public are to be found inside the Villa as well as a viewing facility, where a continuously looping introductory video in four languages about Villa d’Este is broadcast.

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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

From Rome: Take the A24 motorway, exit at the Tivoli toll booth, then proceed along the Maremmana Inferiore road until you reach the junction with Via Tiburtina. Now head towards the centre of Tivoli. Alternatively, you can take via Tiburtina directly.

From L’Aquila: Take the A24 motorway and exit at the Castel Madama toll booth. Proceed along via Empolitana, then via Acquaregna and follow the directions for the town centre. Pay attention to the restricted traffic areas.

Parking facilities: There is a multi-storey car park the near Rocca Pia a few hundred meters from Villa d’Este and another parking lot in Piazza Garibaldi (both 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 motorway (preferable) to Tivoli. Get off at the Largo delle Nazioni Unite stop (near Piazza Garibaldi) and proceed on foot for a short distance.

BY RAIL: from Stazione Termini or from Stazione Tiburtina until reaching the railway station of Tivoli. Now proceed on foot following the directions for Villa d’Este