Parco Villa Gregoriana
Parco Villa Gregoriana
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9:00 AM - 5:45 PM
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Woods, paths, ancient vestiges, natural caves, the Aniene engulfed in the rock and a spectacular waterfall: all this not far from Rome in a park built by Pope Gregory XVI in the first half of the nineteenth century. Entrusted since 2002 in concession to FAI by the State Property Agency Woods, trails, ancient ruins, natural caves, a river swallowed by the rocks and a spectacular waterfall: all of this just a stone's throw from Rome, in a park commissioned by Pope Gregory XVI in the early 19th century.
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  • GoingCoastal
    New York City, New York5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Enchanted Ravine: Villa Gregoriana's Literary and Natural Inspiration
    Villa Gregoriana is a famous natural area located in Tivoli, Italy. This breathtaking park is known for its stunning landscapes, a meandering river, and dramatic waterfalls. It's a place of both natural beauty and historical significance, offering visitors a unique blend of nature and culture. Natural Beauty: Villa Gregoriana is set in a deep gorge formed by the Aniene River, with lush vegetation covering its steep cliffs and rock formations. The park's beauty is characterized by its rich, diverse flora and fauna. Visitors can expect to see a wide range of plant species, including mosses, ferns, and various types of trees, creating a picturesque and serene atmosphere. Dramatic Waterfalls: One of the most renowned features of Villa Gregoriana is its waterfalls. These cascades are not just a sight to behold; they also play a significant role in the park's history. The most famous of these waterfalls is the "Cascata Grande" or the "Great Waterfall." This majestic waterfall plunges dramatically into a deep pool, creating a stunning and dramatic natural spectacle. Historical Significance: Villa Gregoriana has historical significance as well. It was originally established in the 19th century as a result of efforts to mitigate the flooding of the Aniene River in Tivoli, which had been a recurring problem for centuries. The French architect Charles Percier was instrumental in designing the park's structures. The park was named after Pope Gregory XVI, who initiated the project. Visitors can explore various paths, bridges, and tunnels that were built as part of this flood-control endeavor. Famous Visitors: Over the years, Villa Gregoriana has attracted notable visitors, including the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the English Romantic poet Lord Byron. Goethe, in particular, was deeply inspired by the park's natural beauty and featured it in his Italian Journey, where he documented his travels in Italy. The park's dramatic landscape, particularly the Great Waterfall, is believed to have served as an inspiration for Dante's vivid descriptions of the turbulent and terrifying landscapes of Hell in "Inferno." Visiting Villa Gregoriana: When visiting Villa Gregoriana, it's a good idea to wear comfortable shoes for walking and exploring the trails. The park offers a variety of scenic viewpoints, paths, and picnic areas where you can relax and take in the views. Given its natural beauty and historical significance, it's an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts, history buffs, and anyone looking for a tranquil escape from the city.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 6 November 2023
  • Anne G
    Sheffield, United Kingdom87 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of steps, to explore hidden paths
    A gorge with waterfalls in Tivoli, in a woodland walk where the paths are steep in places, lots of steps. You can take various paths to explore each area, path signage could be better. There are caves and tunnels (kids would love it) but it's not for those who struggle with inclines or steps. We took about 2 hours to walk it, stopping to enjoy the views. (Nearby is Villa D'Este, the Italian gardens, we didn't go there, but that's very popular too) Bonus at Villa Gregoriana - National Trust members enter for free!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 May 2024
  • dapper777
    Monaco64,428 contributions
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    A fantastic experience with nature and and beauty,
    Villa Gregoriana is an immense park in Tivoli, near Rome, whose management was granted to the FAI (Italian Enviroment Fund) by the Italian State and is the result of an important hydraulic engineering work whose objective was to contain the flooding of the Aniene river, a tributary river of the Tiber. Promoted by Pope Gregory XVI in 1832, from which it takes its name, once the water tunnels had been made and a waterfall had been created, the Pope decided to build a park around it, thus creating a new place where one could experience the relationship with nature and and beauty, that is to say "the nineteenth-century Romanticism". Its fame consecrated this place as a destination for nineteenth-century European travelers of the famed "Grand Tour" and a favorite subject of painting of the time. The place where the Temple of Vesta stands is called the Acropolis of Tivoli and is located at the end of the nature trail of Villa Gregoriana. In the same place, there is also another Temple, rectangular in shape, known as the Temple of the Sibyl or of Tiburnus, mythical founder of Tivoli. Actually according to current knowledge, it is controversial to which gods these temples were dedicated. They are comparatively well preserved and are easily accessible. At the same time, they are picturesquely placed in the landscape so that you can enjoy the wonderful views of them A dream and a must for the educated traveler! To access the Villa Gregoriana it is necessary to buy a ticket which can be purchased either at the entrance ticket office or online. The visit is very pleasant and also a little tiring due to the tortuous paths both downhill and uphill. The roar of the waterfalls of the river and the green and rocky spaces, the lake corners create visions and emotions that cannot be forgotten. It is advisable to wear very comfortable shoes with non-slip rubber soles. Highly recommended.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 May 2024
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leegee86
Edinburgh, UK456 contributions
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Sept 2022 • Couples
Visited here during a short visit in Tivoli, whilst visiting Rome with my husband.
Not bad for €17 2 adults and worth a visit, spectacular views, hidden caves, wonderful water falls, photos dont do this place justice you need to visit here whilst in Tivoli. Takes in total an hour, first part is basically heading downhill into the valley, once you reach here its all uphill and steep, loads of steps and were the caves are situated! Not the best for those who struggle with walking or hills.
Tivoli is such a beautiful town as well if your looking for the proper italian feel and food! Well worth a visit if you visiting Rome as only an hour train ride away! Plenty other places to visit in Tivoli also including Villa D'Este!!!
Written 20 September 2022
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GoingCoastal
New York City, NY5 contributions
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Oct 2023 • Business
Villa Gregoriana is a famous natural area located in Tivoli, Italy. This breathtaking park is known for its stunning landscapes, a meandering river, and dramatic waterfalls. It's a place of both natural beauty and historical significance, offering visitors a unique blend of nature and culture.

Natural Beauty:

Villa Gregoriana is set in a deep gorge formed by the Aniene River, with lush vegetation covering its steep cliffs and rock formations. The park's beauty is characterized by its rich, diverse flora and fauna. Visitors can expect to see a wide range of plant species, including mosses, ferns, and various types of trees, creating a picturesque and serene atmosphere.

Dramatic Waterfalls:

One of the most renowned features of Villa Gregoriana is its waterfalls. These cascades are not just a sight to behold; they also play a significant role in the park's history. The most famous of these waterfalls is the "Cascata Grande" or the "Great Waterfall." This majestic waterfall plunges dramatically into a deep pool, creating a stunning and dramatic natural spectacle.

Historical Significance:

Villa Gregoriana has historical significance as well. It was originally established in the 19th century as a result of efforts to mitigate the flooding of the Aniene River in Tivoli, which had been a recurring problem for centuries. The French architect Charles Percier was instrumental in designing the park's structures. The park was named after Pope Gregory XVI, who initiated the project. Visitors can explore various paths, bridges, and tunnels that were built as part of this flood-control endeavor.

Famous Visitors:

Over the years, Villa Gregoriana has attracted notable visitors, including the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and the English Romantic poet Lord Byron. Goethe, in particular, was deeply inspired by the park's natural beauty and featured it in his Italian Journey, where he documented his travels in Italy. The park's dramatic landscape, particularly the Great Waterfall, is believed to have served as an inspiration for Dante's vivid descriptions of the turbulent and terrifying landscapes of Hell in "Inferno."

Visiting Villa Gregoriana:

When visiting Villa Gregoriana, it's a good idea to wear comfortable shoes for walking and exploring the trails. The park offers a variety of scenic viewpoints, paths, and picnic areas where you can relax and take in the views. Given its natural beauty and historical significance, it's an ideal destination for nature enthusiasts, history buffs, and anyone looking for a tranquil escape from the city.
Written 6 November 2023
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Gian Luca B
Ferrara355 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This place deserves also a visit if you're in Tivoli. The Covid-19 is limiting the access to some areas, but you can walk on most paths and have a look on the waterfall with two jumps and also on water flowing in small caves. You can spend here a pleasant hour.
Written 5 September 2020
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Joseph D
209 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
Fabulous place to hike. Takes a few hours with a small child many items to see. Gorgeous scenes does require some hill walking. Wear good shoes and there is tree cover. Bring fluid. There is a nice restaurant at the end to eat.
Written 8 March 2020
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groggery1
London, UK359 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
So different from other attractions in this area, a much more rustic experience but with the intention to awe the visitor with the power of falling water. The engineering is impressive and the additions across the centuries show just how much we are all suckers for a waterfall. A walk in the early evening advised.
Written 19 May 2022
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Anne G
Sheffield, UK87 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A gorge with waterfalls in Tivoli, in a woodland walk where the paths are steep in places, lots of steps.
You can take various paths to explore each area, path signage could be better.
There are caves and tunnels (kids would love it) but it's not for those who struggle with inclines or steps.

We took about 2 hours to walk it, stopping to enjoy the views.
(Nearby is Villa D'Este, the Italian gardens, we didn't go there, but that's very popular too)
Bonus at Villa Gregoriana - National Trust members enter for free!
Written 5 May 2024
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885annim
Pari, Italy2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012
The Villa Gregoriana

In case you’re thinking “oh no, not yet another villa”, let me explain. Although there are the vestigial remains of a Roman villa on the site – and even, rather more impressively, the columned remains of a pair of Roman temples – the “Villa Gregoriana” is not really about buildings at all. It’s about scenery, partially natural, partially man-made, and in particular about waterfalls of similarly mixed provenance.
The town of Tivoli sits astride the river Aniene, a major tributary of the Tiber, and was periodically subject to flash floods any time that stormy weather coincided with the snows melting from the mountains of the interior. After a particularly nasty overspill in 1826 that carried off some of the lower town and townspeople, Pope Gregory XVI took a hand and commissioned the building of diversionary tunnels that funnelled excess water harmlessly beneath the hillside. Hence the name Gregoriana; he also takes credit for the Ponte Gregoriano, a rather fine bridge over the river, despite the fact that the current structure was entirely rebuilt after being destroyed in World War Two.

Where the diverted Aniene now emerges from its tunnel is known as the Great Waterfall, as it crashes and splashes down into the valley below. Strange as it may sound, this is not the most scenic part of the site, since it is at the periphery of the ‘Baratri Tiburtini’ (Tivoli precipices), and the views of it are sideways-on and incomplete. The rest of the park, though, more than makes up for it, with precipitous footpaths descending and ascending through dense green woodland, intertwining their routes with other, albeit smaller, waterfalls, which appear from the hillside only to disappear again into grottos and caves. The paths themselves at places tunnel through the hillside, with window-like gaps admitting still more views, and relics of ancient stonework are littered around, forming seats and picnic tables if you want to pause and take in your surroundings.
Quiet – apart from the gurgle of the streams and the crash of the cascades – and tranquil despite its proximity to the centre of Tivoli, the Villa Gregoriana is a delightful place and well worth the 5€ entry fee (2.50€ for student and local residents, but not alas for pensioners). The tranquillity can be severely ruptured if you happen to coincide with a school party, though, because there are only so many ways around and you cannot rely on evading them.
Written 1 February 2012
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499erjat
Kirkkonummi, Finland136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Solo
I wanted to see grottos and waterfalls and beautiful scenery and that is what I found in central Tivoli. Take a metro in Rome to Ponte Mammolo, from there local bus every 15 min to Tivoli, ticket 2,20€ one way. The bus trip took about 1 h. I could not find train connection. The hike took 2-2,5h in a very hot day. I took all the paths and turns and it was worth it! The hike is not extremely demanding, but there are a lot of steep stairs to climb. Very good brochure was included in price and there were nice info boards on the way. There was water fountains with fresh water available, chairs to eat your own lunch and toilet. The hike ended to old town of Tivoli, which was also a pleasent experience. Eg. Goethe has visited in this historical place!
Written 9 August 2019
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EyasAwad
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates12 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
our original plan was to visit villa de este and villa adriana, on reviewing the places on the internet i read about it and since it is close to the train station we decided to start with at the begining.
ticket office almost empty.they provide you with a map and the lady there explained to us the locations of the the WC and SOS points.
we started ( me,my wife and our one year baby), we thought it is just a garden we will walk around and then head to our next planned area( villa de este) .
after few minutes of walking we realized it is a hiking area and we passed through hundreds of steps up and down.un paved most of the time, small stones here and there, and what make it more difficult were the signs( few of green colour signs) on our way not obvious at all and the name of places they used different from those on the map( some of them i feel they were indicating the opposite way) .
we feel that we got lost couple of times.the view of the waterfalls is amazing,but the place needs more clearsigns inside and the map should be more detailed.
there were a lot of chairs throughout the main hiking road but with no shades or umbrellas to protect from the sun or rain.
it was very hard and we were completely exhausted on finishing .
we spent almost two hours there and because of tiredness we csncelled villa adriana visit and just visited the villa de este on the other side of tivoli.
i suggest that
there should be clear statement on the enterance gate that it is hiking place not a regular park or garden).
in general we had fun and a shower of sweats.
Written 21 June 2019
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BettyGround
London, UK26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
After heading out of Rome to visit Villa d'Este we also had time to visit Villa Gregoriana and I am so glad we did. There is a very well laid out walk around the park which provides you with spectacular views of different waterfalls. You need to wear good shoes, I do not advise flip flops as the paths are uneven and there are a lot of steps! There are toilets as well as water stations along the way to fill up your bottles!

We visited the Villa on our last day in Rome and it was one of the highlights of our whole trip. It is only 6€ entry and it was a wonderful, relaxing and stunning afternoon! Definitely visit here if you can and don't do it as part of a tour, take it at your own pace!
Written 27 August 2015
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