On a Monday, the stunning Villa d’Este and its gardens lie quiet, slumbering in peace, free from tourists.
However, Italy Connoisseurs can offer you a private tour so that you can wander past the impressive fountains at your leisure, unhurried by other visitors.
In 1550 Cardinal Ippolito d’Este became Governor of Tivoli and took no time in seizing the Governor’s palace, situated in an ex-Benedictine monastery, which he asked Pirro Ligorio to redesign to his liking. Despite the elegance of the Villa d’Este, the gardens are more famous than the building itself, as every passageway, path or avenue discloses another moss-covered fountain in a stunning setting. Villa d’Este is included in the UNESCO world heritage list due to its impressive concentration of five hundred fountains, nymphs, grottoes, water features, and music. After visiting this masterpiece of Italian-style gardens, the Romantic composer Franz Liszt was inspired to write a piano suite called “Jeux d’eau à la Villa d’Este”, reflecting the echoes of the melodic fountains.