When you’re in Rome, be sure to go 30 minutes north (by train) to visit the small town, Tivoli. It is so beautiful! It was a small town that my friend had on her “to visit” list during our trip to Italy. I decided to join once I heard there was Villa d’Este. It is a 16th-century villa full of gardens and fountains. It is one of the first Gardens of Marvels. It remodeled both nature and topography to give the impression of a “hanging garden”. To this day, it amazes each of the visitors.
Gardens and Fountains of Ville d’Este
There are several fountains at the Ville d’Este. Each one is unique from each other. And yet, they all complement the castle and gardens very well. There’s anything from mystical creatures to more standard water fountains. They are all so beautiful and the water flows through the majority of them. When visiting the Ville d’Este, ensure you spend as much time as possible outside, exploring the gardens and fountains. It is worth it.
It is also worth touring the castle. The inside is full of beautiful pieces of art, on the floors and on the walls. Since it is now a museum, you are unable to touch these pieces of art. However, you are able to see them and read about each one.
The Oval Fountain is known in Italy as “the most important of all the fountains in this garden, and perhaps all of Italy” (source: Descrittione). It was one of the first fountains to be installed at the Ville d’Este. It was built at the same time as the terraces. It’s amazing how they were able to do this, even without all of the machinery that we have and required to use today to build architecture.
Grottos of Sybils and Fountain of Neptune
The Fountain of Neptune is in front of the Grottos of Sybils. The Grottos of Sybils are three dark caverns (not very visible from my photo below). They help to support the terraces above them. Within the caverns, there are even more fountains!
Fountain of the Organ
The Fountain of the Organ used to be named the Fountain of the Flood or Mother Nature. However, it soon was renamed to what it is today. It was renamed since it has organ pipes inside of it. The water that fell within this fountain caused the organ to play. This allowed it to be famous throughout all of Europe.
Fountain of “Rometta”
This fountain depicts a view of Ancient Rome. The rumor behind this fountain is that the Pope wouldn’t allow the Cardinal to build a castle in Rome. So, he decided to bring Rome to the castle with this fountain. Or at least “Rometta”.
How to Get to Tivoli
When my friends and I were visiting Rome, we took public transportation, everywhere. It’s been a while since I’ve been to Italy. I do know that we took a train from Roma Termini. I believe we then hopped onto REG 26256 Tivoli. There are 5 stops before getting to Tivoli. Once there, you can either take a local bus or walk from the station to Villa d’Este. We chose to walk since it’s only 3/4 of a mile. This way we were able and explore more of Tivoli itself.
Ruins in Tivoli, Italy
While in Tivoli, I only had the time to visit Ville d’Este and do some shopping in the village itself. However, it is known that the ruins of Hadrian’s Villa are also in Tivoli. I love visiting ruins. It amazes me how humans so long ago lived and built their villas, etc. If I ever make it back to Italy, which I am sure I will, I will be going to visit Tivoli again and visit these ruins.