Just about 30 minutes outside of Rome is the charming town of Tivoli. At one time Tivoli served as the location of the quarries which provided the construction materials for the major monuments of Rome! Today, it has become a favorite residential spot for the rich Roman elite.
Your driver will pick you up at your hotel in Rome and take you to Tivoli where you will meet your licensed guide. Here, you will be first shown the magnificent Hadrian's Villa, essentially a small town by itself! The villa serves as a wonderful example of Roman architecture and engineering, and how it endures to this day! As you walk through the vast estate, your guide will share with you the high-points of everyday life in the II Century.
After lunch you will move to Villa d'Este, where you will be greeted by lush gardens and imposing fountains, built for Cardinal Ippolito d'Este in the middle of the fifteenth century.
One of the most iconic cities of the Roman Era is Pompeii, a picture frozen in time by a natural disaster, providing a window into the life and times of this enigmatic city. Your driver will meet you at your hotel in Rome and drive south to the region of Campania. Just outside Naples you will reach the archeological site of Pompeii, the roman town destroyed by the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in 79AD. Here, you will meet your licensed guide for a deep exploration of this incredible site.
Walking through the streets you will learn about the life, the architecture, the commerce, and political structure of this community frozen in time. Pompeii was engulfed by a river of lava and mountains of ash, erasing it from the face of earth until the first excavations started in the seventeenth century. Start planning your tour of Italian history today.