Travel with a private driver just 25 miles outside Rome and find the best preserved examples of countryside villas in Italy touring 2 villa prototypes comparing Renaissance and ancient design. First tour the Renaissance villa of Cardinal D’Este with a garden compared to Versailles including hundreds of playful water displays, terraces, lakes and open spaces. Then visit the villa of Emperor Hadrian, the most important remnants of his triumphant reign including a series of ancient bath complexes, libraries, storage rooms, gyms and temples that covers almost 200 acres. Have lunch on the site of Tivoli’s ancient necropolis on top of waterfalls.

Duration: 6 hours

Sites visited: Villa D’Este, Hadrian’s Villa.