Who knew that a 3 euro train ticket from Rome can take you to this little haven called Tivoli. Tivoli is a small town and comune in Lazio, central Italy, about 30 kilometres of Rome (1.25 hours by train), at the falls of the Aniene river where it issues from the Sabine hills. So what can you do in Tivoli for a day?
1- Upon Arrival
On your way from the train station to the center of Tivoli, you can spot a huge bridge that you have to cross. Indulge in the beauty of the lake and the view right upon arrival.
2. Have Breakfast at Caffè Rêtro
Caffè Rêtro is an espresso bar that I always stumble upon while in Tivoli. This place has delicious desserts, great coffee, and lovely staff!
3. Visit the Villa d’Este Palace
The Villa d’Este is a 16th-century villa in Tivoli famous for its terraced hillside Italian Renaissance garden and especially for its profusion of fountains. It is now an Italian state museum, and is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site (in case you are into checking UNESCO heritage sites off your list as myself). This villa is one of the most beautiful villas I have visited yet.
A full visit ticket is for € 12,00 : they don’t take credits cards, so bring cash!
4. Via delle Cascatelle
This walkway allows you to see the amazing waterfalls that cascade in the northern part of Tivoli.
If you want to view the waterfalls from the top, there is a small path from Via Quintilio Varo – which heads to the edge of the falls where you can see the cascades.
5. The Temple of Vesta
Next to via Via delle Cascatelle stands the Temple of Vesta. This temple is a very important structure of the ancient acropolis of Tivoli and is next to the Temple of the Sibyl. Dating back to the first century BC, this temple is the most famous monument of ancient Tibur. Over the centuries, the Temple of Vesta has become the most painted subject by Italian and foreign artists, and by the rich aristocrats who used to come to Tivoli in the 19th century.
Access to the temple is through a gate and it is visible from the Ponte Gregoriano bridge and is free of charge.
6. Head to Rocca Pia: A Medieval Fortress
Rocca Pia is an ancient medieval fortress that was built during the 15th century and was built to strengthen the defense of Tivoli. This fortress is 500 years old and still looks anew.
Although entry is not always permitted inside the Rocca Pia, it is essential for you to go and take a look at it’s marvelous and unique architecture.
7. Enjoy the sunset while walking through Tivoli’s alleys
The vibes you get walking through these alleys and small streets is indescribable. Hopefully, my photographs gives them their worth!
8. Grab Dinner at Piazza Giuseppe Garibaldi
This is the main piazza that has several restaurants that serve food at reasonable prices. Try the spinach and ricotta ravioli!