Just to the left of the Canopo, you will find a walkway that seems to lead out into the countryside. Follow it!
This pathway will lead you to the Roccabruna, a tower along the edge of the property, which overlooks the valley beyond. I love this spot! I find it to be very tranquil, and a great way to end a visit to the villa!
We made our way back to the entrance, and then began the walk back to the bus stop, or where we thought the bus stop might be, not really being certain of anything.
We took the bus back to Tivoli, and then continued to explore the Historical Center a bit more.
As you walk through the streets of this ancient section of the town, you will hear the sound of rushing water under your feet. This is coming from medieval tunnels, which are taking all of the water falling in Villa d’Este, and channeling it into streams at the bottom of the hill. It is quite a marvel of engineering, considering when it was built.
The Duomo di Tivoli, or the Basilica Cattedrale di San Lorenzo Martire, dates from 1641. It contains important works of art, but unfortunately, it was closed, so we could not visit the interior of the church.
The now abandoned Chiesa di San Nicola dates from the 16th century.
For dinner, we stumbled upon a restaurant/pizzeria, called Antica Trattoria del Ragno, and decided to go in. It just so happened to be Karaoke Night. We had a wonderful meal, and got to listen to great music, at a very reasonable price. I highly recommend it!
Next up: A brief stop in Roma!
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