With so much to see and do in Rome, it is hard to imagine taking the time to get beyond the city. For this charmer however, its well worth squeezing in a few hours away. Villa d’Este in Tivoli, about 18 miles from Rome is the estate of a Cardinal that was exiled from Rome, after a failed bid for papacy in 1550. The fountains that it features, were at that time only powered by the rivers water pressure. To this day, most of the fountains are driven by water pressure, only the largest fountains are now powered by pumps. The estate itself features soaring ceilings, frescoed walls, and beautiful sculptures. Be sure to check the times that the largest fountain goes off, as it is a treat to watch.
To get there Take the metro line B to Ponte Mommolo, then take the local blue Cotral bus towards Tivoli. Alight at the square walk through the small town square heading up hill and to the left to the entrance.
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