Tivoli, I love it!
This is a town I end up visiting quite often because it has three important tourist attractions which can be easily visited in a day trip from Palestrina or Rome: Villa d’Este, Villa Gregoriana and Villa Adriana.
Villa d’Este is the most spectacular of the three, as the building’s frescoed rooms and the magnificent gardens and fountains are truly breathtaking. This is a place for people who don’t have problems with steps. (Entry 9:30am to 7:30pm daily from April to October.)
Villa Gregoriana is the perfect place for a walk through nature to visit caves and a waterfall. (Entry 10:00am to 6:30pm daily from April to October.)
Villa Adriana is a UNESCO world heritage site and is an open-air archeological site full of ruins of baths, theaters, imperial buildings of noteworthy interest. It’s naturalistic setting is perfectly beautiful. If you don’t bring a snack, the hotel in front of the villa’s entrance provides delicious meals. (Entry 9:00am to 5:30pm daily from April to October.)
Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring plenty of bottled drinking water; even though these sites are heavily visited by tourists, they are not always prepared to have bottled water and other food/beverages available in large enough quantities.