This is what dreams are made off… Yep that’s what Lizzie told me a long long time ago, so here I am searching for what my dreams are made of. Following in the famous Lizzie Mcguire footsteps I headed out for a day trip to Tivoli and the beautiful Villa d’Este this weekend.

The garden fountains at Villa d’Este.

A little town just outside the north-eastern side of Rome, Tivoli is a must see. The town is surrounded by massive hills and the Aniene river. It is only a quick, 45 minute regional train ride to get to from Rome’s Tiburtina train station. I just happened to be visiting on St. Joseph’s feast day, so the streets were filled with locals and visitors having fun and enjoying the beautiful weather and sites.

The villa was originally commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito II d’Este in the 16th century and culminated in the a masterpiece of Renaissance art and architecture. The water fountains inside and outside are covered in mosaics, similar to the Farnese palace in Caprarola, Italy. I would say that the palace itself in Caprarola is better kept, but that the gardens at Villa d’Este are much larger and more impressive, though both as a whole are built in similar styles and structures.

The gardens… Pictures don’t really do the artistry of the gardens of Villa d’Este justice, but they do more than words can, so take a closer look of the gardens at Villa d’Este.

If you are lucky enough to have the chance to hop on a train and take a trip to Tivoli, you should definitely do it! I now know why Lizzie said dreams were made of things like this. I now have my Lizzie McGuire moment, so go and have yours!