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Parco Villa Gregoriana

Parco Villa Gregoriana

Roman temples and roaring waterfalls set amid extraordinary scenery

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Regularly open


+39 0774 332650

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.

Loaned to FAI by the Italian State in 2002.

In the city of Tivoli, only half an hour from Rome, Parco Villa Gregoriana preserves a rich heritage, resonating with the sublime imagery that was so popular in the Romantic period. Nature, history, archaeology and craft merge in such an enthralling blend that in the 19th century this site became a must-see destination of the Grand Tour and the most popular subject in the paintings portraying Tivoli.

In 1832, on the initiative of Pope Gregory XVI, an impressive work of hydraulic engineering was undertaken to contain the unceasing floods of river Aniene. The stream was deviated in a double tunnel dug into Mount Catillo: the water, channeled in this bottleneck, increased its level and fell in the artificial 120 meters waterfall known as Cascata Grande, which is today the second highest waterfall in Italy, behind Marmore Falls.

In addition to that, the Pope created the Park that bears his name and was, for over a century, a favoured destination for artists, writers and men of culture, who disclosed its beauty to the whole world.

After World War II, Parco Villa Gregoriana became the property of the State and in 2002 it was loaned to FAI. At that time, the site was in an advanced state of abandonment and hydrogeological instability. FAI’s commitment, however, brought it back to life: in 2005, Parco Villa Gregoriana reopened to visitors, who today can immerse themselves in the most luxuriant greenery, walk through the old trails finally free from brambles, smell the scents previously buried under decades of neglect and abandonment, use all the senses to discover the 74 tree species found in the park, explore interesting relics of past eras. Among these, the highlights are the remains of the Villa of the Roman Consul Manlius Vopiscus, a sumptuous residence celebrated by Horace, and the Roman temples on the acropolis, which include the renowned Temple of Vesta.

Visitor information
Opening hours

Parco Villa Gregoriana is open daily, with the following opening hours:

  • From 16th December to 28th February: winter closure
  • March 1st to 22nd: daily, from 10 am – 5 pm
  • From March 23rd to June: daily 10 am - 6:30 pm
  • July and August: daily 10 am – 8 pm
  • From September 1st to October 15th: daily 10 am - 6:30 pm
  • From October 16th to 22nd: 10am - 6pm
  • From Octobe23rd to 27th r: from 10 am - 5:30 pm
  • From October 28th to November 10th: 10 am - 4:30 pm
  • From November 11th to December 15th: 10 am to 4 pm

Last admission: 60 minutes before closing.

Closing times might be subject to variations in March and October, depending on the sunset. We recommend to contact the Property (ph. +39 0774 332650) for further information.

How to get here

By car
From A24 (Roma – L’Aquila), take the exit for Tivoli or Castel Madama, then follow the signs to Tivoli, Villa Gregoriana.

By train
Trains to Tivoli leaves from Tiburtina railway station, in Rome. Check the timetables here: [link]

By coach
Take the coach leaving from Ponte Mammolo, Rome and alight at Tivoli stop.


FAI members: free
Standard: € 7
Reduced (aged 6-18): € 3
Children aged 0-5: free
Students up to the age of 26: € 4
Residents in the municipality of Tivoli: € 2,5
National Trust members: € free
People with disabilities + 1 companion: free
Families (2 adults + 2 children aged 6-18): €17. In case there were more than two children, admission is free starting from the third.*with the exception of special events taking place, in which case only the price of the admission to the event will be charged

All prices are subject to variation during certain events.

Guided Tours

Guided tours for groups are available in both Italian and English for the price of € 150. Themed tours, exploring the Property under different perspectives (archaeological, historical, naturalistic) are also available for the price of € 180. Reservation is required: for further information please contact

Guided tours and ludic workshops specifically designed for school groups are also available. For further information, see


All the purchases made in our bookshops help to support FAI’s mission

Useful advice

Baby changing tables and bottle warmers are available.

Dogs on a leash are allowed in the Park.


People with disabilities have free access to FAI properties.

Unfortunately, Parco Villa Gregoriana is not yet fully equipped to meet the needs of people with motor disabilities. Please contact the property for more detailed information.


Free Wi-Fi is available.

Pic-nic area

A pic-nic area is available for school groups.

Venue hire and events

Choose Parco Villa Gregoriana as a venue for your events!

The charm of the most romantic park in Italy

Nature and history merge in a blend of perfect harmony at Parco Villa Gregoriana, just a stone’s throw from Rome. The Park offers a wide array of spaces, most of which are outdoors, available for hire and suitable for MICE and private events.

Moreover, choosing a FAI property as a location for your event you will give your contribution to the preservation and protection of the Italian heritage.

What sort of things can you do at Parco Villa Gregoriana?

Private events
Wedding receptions: the municipality of Tivoli allows civil marriages to be celebrated in the Park. Ceremonies take place in three of the most enthralling spots in the site: the panoramic viewpoint on the Grande Cascata; the ancient ruins of the Villa of the Roman Consul Manlius Vopiscus; the Acropoli Tiburtina, a charming terrace at the foot of the Roman temples overlooking the valley, dedicated to Albunea, the Tiburtine Sibyl, and Tiburnus.

The Property works together with trusted restaurants and catering suppliers to ensure impeccable service.

Business events
The Visitors’Center, an elegant building designed by Gae Aulenti, is a perfect venue for organizing meeting and presentations. Team building activities, such as gardening, are also available.

Filming and photo shooting
The picturesque charm of Parco Villa Gregoriana makes it the ideal location for photo shoots and all kinds of professional filming.

Further information
Giorgia Montesano
Tel. +39 0774 332650

Choose the best space for your event
Temples Terrace

130 SqM

Celebration of civil marriages: 110 guests
Lunches and dinners: 80 guests
Buffets: 120 guests

Pic-nic area

100 SqM

Lunches and dinners: 80 guests
Buffets: 100 guests

Ancient ruins of the Villa of Manlius Vopiscus

450 SqM

Lunches and Dinners, Buffets: 200 guests

Buffets: 300 guests

Panoramic viewpoint on the Grande Cascata

80 SqM

Celebration of civil marriages: 60 guests
Lunches and Dinners: 40 guests
Buffets: 80 guests

Multipurpose Room 1

45 SqM

Buffets: 40 guests
Conferences: 50 guests

Multipurpose Room 2

45 SqM

Buffets: 40 guests
Conferences: 50 guests

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