Travel with a private driver just 25 miles outside Rome and find the best preserved examples of countryside villas in Italy by touring 2 villas and comparing the most famous Renaissance and ancient prototypes. 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 ancient 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 acropolis amid ancient temples and waterfalls.

Duration: 6 hours

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