This painting presents an imaginary scene of Tivoli, a town near Rome. In classical antiquity, many wealthy people had country villas there. The scene takes place in the contemporary era, since we see the ruined Temple of the Sibyl on top of the hill on the left. In the center, we see a half-ruined bridge, on which very small figures are in danger of falling off. On the lower left, a man with a red cape and his companion appear to be tourists, while on the lower right another man seems occupied with some unknown task.