I wrote a blog about planning my first visit to Italy and a commenter replied that I had to see Villa d’Este. It wasn’t to be missed. When it came to planning my field trips outside of Rome–Tivoli was high on my list of possiblilities. I found a day trip for a half day visit to Villa Adriana or Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este in Tivoli, Italy about 20 miles outside of Rome. I booked it for the last day before I left Rome–a good choice because I returned to Rome with time to squeeze in a last minute visit to one of the many beautiful cathedrals (Santa Maria Maggiore) and grab a wonderfully filling and delicious gnocchi dinner.