PRIVATE TOUR – The power of the Aniene river in Tivoli, Rome

Some people choose Tivoli for their holiday “away from Rome”! That’s why Rome is wonderful but it is always so chaotic and frenetic!
If you want to have a break far from noise and crowd, book now this complete private tour, based on an original “fil rouge”: water!
The natural element of the Aniene River is the protagonist of this full-day trip, during which you will be plunged in nature. A romantic natural garden and a Baroque artificial one will be your destination as well as a scenographic fish farm, whose local recipes are based on km 0-products

Meeting with your private driver in Rome. Transfer to the nearby municipality of Tivoli by private car/minivan.
Meeting with your private tour guide at Villa Gregoriana for an original pleasant archeological walk through its natural and artistic landmarks.
The name of the Villa comes from the Pope Gregory XVI, who, in 1832, promoted an impressive work of hydraulic engineering to embank the continuous floods of the Aniene River.
He decided to canalize its waters into a double tunnel dug inside Mount Catillo and then, after swelling them artificially, to make them rise to the 120- meter jump of the new Great Rainfall,
the highest in Italy after the Marmore Waterfalls. After that the works had been completed, the Pope planned a romantic Park, which became the destination of some artists, writers and scholars who spread its beauty all over the world.
During that pleasant walk, you will discover the gorge, inhabited since the Roman times, and you will be enchanted by the remains of the sumptuous Villa Manlio Vopisco as well as by the two temples dedicated to Tiburno and Sibilla, overlooking the depth of the Aniene River.
Transfer to a nearby fish farm (there are various species of trout, Salmerini di Fonte, European crayfish, sturgeons, eels and Capitoni).
Lunch at the restaurant of the fish farm itself and guided visit to its fish ponds where you can buy some Farm Aniene Valley products.
In the afternoon transfer to Villa d’Este, the most important example of a Mannerist garden, famous for its spectacular waterworks and theatrical effects.
The Villa and its dehors were the Roman ‘retreat’ designed for the Este Family, coming from Ferrara.
Your private guide will lead you into the decorated and precious rooms of the mansion, with doors aligned along an axis (stanze a cannochiale “telescoped” rooms).
The garden is the core of the whole complex, because it tells the history of the family’s illustrious ancestors, such as Hercules and other heroes of antiquity, as well as there are a lot of references to Ovid’s Metamorphosis.
The Aniene River plays music, with the aid of a water organ, and supplies innumerable fountains with its water. Several statues were obtained by excavating ancient Roman sites. Do not miss the Path of The One Hundred Fountains and the Rometta Fountain, which is a miniature representation of the Eternal City.
Back to Rome by private car/minivan.

Villa Gregoriana – © Massimo Siragusa FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano

Customize and book now your private experience!


  • A pleasant private walking tour
  • Amazing natural landscapes
  • The beauty of Villa Gregoriana Park
  • The spectacular waterworks of Villa D’Este
  • A different way to discover Rome
  • A typical lakefish menu
  • A guided visit to some fish ponds


  • The rate includes: a private licensed tour guide (7 hours’ lenght), transfers by private car/minivan (Rome-Tivoli-Rome), entrance tickets to Villa Gregoriana and Villa d’Este, visit and lunch (3 courses, drinks are not includd), at a fish farm


  • Tour available from 15th March to 1st October (not on Mondays)


Meeting point: the meeting point with the private driver will usually take place in the lobby of the Client’s hotel if it is in THE HISTORICAL CENTRE OF THE CITY WHERE THE TOUR STARTS. Please, let us know the name of your hotel.

In case the Client’s accommodation is distant from the historical centers or if you come from other departure places, different meeting points will be communicated after the confirmation of the tour.

Intolerances or allergies must be communicated on your booking.

The tour is suggested to those who have an adequate physical training.

Pay attention: we suggest comfortable shoes and a bottle of water.

On demand: transfer to-from other cities by car/minivan; different number of participants (from 1 to 10 or more).


In case of cancellation of the reservation made by the buyer on the site, Travel-Lab/BookYourItaly will apply the following terms:

• Up to 21 working days prior to the start of the activity: full refund of the service paid by the buyer;
• From 20 to 10 working days prior to the start of the activity: 50% refund of the price paid;
• From 9 to 0 days prior to the beginning of the activity or non-use by the buyer of the service: no refund.

For counting the days the following rules apply:
• The day of the activity is not counted;
• The days begin at 00.00 and end at 24.00 hours in the time zone in force in Italy (GMT +1).

The reimbursement by Travel-Lab/BookYourItaly will be made within 30 working days by crediting the credit card used.
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