Villa Albani

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Villa Albani

There was not a place which could satisfy more the needs, inclinations and wishes of Cardinal Alessandro Albani. Anzio would have provided him with prestige, wealth and fame, since he found there the right humus to feed his profound passion: the archaeology. A fertile land was waiting for anyone able to raise the blanket of centuries and discover those incomparable treasures that time had kept during a millenary lethargy.

Along with Villa Adele and Villa Sarsina, it represents one of the three villas of great architectural interest in Anzio. Today inside the villa there is a health public center for analyzes and specialist examinations.

To the west of the district you’ll find the beautiful Villa Albani was the most beautiful villa among the destroyed now villas of the zone. It was created between 1746-1764 by cardinal Alessandro Albani, the nephew of Clement XI. He was called "the great cardinal" as for the influence he had on the government, as for being protector of art and culture. The villa was built according to a project of architect C.Marchionni and was conceived as the site where the collection of antic things should have been preserved. Apart from the art gallery, the balls, concerts and different kind of performances were organized here as well. Unfortunately that wonderful collection had to leave villa in the end of the 18th century because Napoleon had it transferred to Paris; with his fall the ancient marbles didn't return home because the Albani family gave them to the Court of Bavaria.
Villa Albani, Via Salaria
In 1866 villa passed to Alessandro Torlonia who revived its splendor and filled it up with the sculptures. Recently a part of the Museo Torlonia della Lungara's collection was transferred here.

The collection of marbles in the Casino (Winckelmann's) admirable and to be seen again. The famous Antinous crowned with lotus a strangely beautiful and impressive thing. The "Greek manner", on the showing of something now and again encountered here, moves one to feel that even for purely romantic and imaginative effects it surpasses any since invented.

Cardinal Albani had another villa with a large park at Porto d'Anzio, that was finished in February 1732, but was habitable for a few weeks only in spring because of malaria. Perhaps the villa, and certainly a casina in the park were by Marchionni. Excavations in the park brought to light many Roman sculptures. Here J. J. Winckelmann was housed.

On September 20m, 1870 the act of capitulation of Rome was signed in the walls of Villa Albani.

At present villa is not open for public, as it is a private museum with one of the most important collections of ancient art in Rome.

Villa Albani
Via Salaria, 92
00198, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Quartiere Trieste (Roma nord)
Villa Albani is Shown By "Map F Zone" As "1"
Tel: +39 06 686 1044
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