Villas and Gardens

Casino of Villa Giustiniani Massimo: Seat of Franciscans in the Holy Land

Villa Giustiniani Massimo is named after Marquis Vincenzo Giustiniani. Enclosed by Via Merulana, Via Manzoni, Via Tasso and Piazza St Giovanni, the park and structure were the work of architect Carlo Lombardi. This large villa was built in the beginning of the 17th century by the Giustiniani family and became a property of the Massimo family several decades later; after 1880...

Statue of St Francis of Assisi (Monumento a San Francesco)

Statue of St Francis of Assisi (Monumento a San Francesco) The Statue of St Francis of Assisi (Monumento a San Francesco/ Monument to St. Francis) bronze sculptural group is work of Giuseppe Tonnini. It was erected in 1927 with the view on the Cathedral of Rome. Before the meeting of St Francis and Innocent III, the pope had a vision with St Francis supporting the Lateran patriarchate ready to drop down. It stands to the right of the...

Villa Circus Maxentius and Romulus Mausoleum (Tomb) or Circus of Caracalla at Via Appia Antica

Along the Appian Way you find the Catacombs of St. Sebastian and also of St. Callistus. One mile after you find the Circus of Maxentius, the Mauseoleum and the house of Romulus (Tomba di Romolo/ Mausoleo di Romolo) - the founder of Rome, and just after it, the Tomb of Cecilia Metella, daughter of a Roman patrician family. The first circus in Rome was the Circus Maximus, in the...

Jewish Catacombs Under Villa Torlonia at Vigna Randanini on Via Appia Antica

Jewish Catacombs Under Villa Torlonia at Vigna Randanini on Via Appia Antica There are 6 known Jewish catacombs (Catacombe Ebraiche) in Rome, two of which are open to the public: Vigna Randanini and Villa Torlonia. Two-thirds of the known Jewish inscriptions from Ancient Rome come from two catacombs. The catacomb at the Vigna Randanini on the Via Appia, excavated in 1859-62 and still surviving, has produced about 200 epitaphs (JIWE ii 204-401, 609-611...

Casina Valadier Restaurant on the ancient Collis Hortulorum, the highest point of Pincio at Villa Borghese In Rome

Casina Valadier Restaurant at Villa Borghese In Rome, Italy Casina Valadier rises up on the ancient Collis Hortulorum, the highest point of Pincio, where in the past great Roman families owned the most sumptuous and vast gardens in Rome. It was built between 1816 and 1837 by Giuseppe Valadier, a well-known Roman architect and urban planner, involved in the important restoration of Piazza Del Popolo and Pincio in Rome. Valadier revised...

Villa Osio - House of Jazz In Rome

Villa Osio - House of Jazz In Rome, Italy Inside the three farmhouses that make up the former residence of the Magliana Gang's old boss, a venue with a 150-seat auditorium, a rehearsal and recording room, an archive, a library, accommodation quarters for artists, restaurant and bar opened. The House of Jazz is immersed in the green of a 3-hectare park located between the Baths of Caracalla and the beginning of Via...

Rome - The City Rose Garden

Rome - The City Rose Garden, Italy The Roseto Comunale of Rome (the city's Rose garden) covers an area of about one hectare and is situated in the heart of the city, just a short distance from Circo Massimo and the Aventine hill. It is divided into two parts: "competition" and "collection", the former hosts the roses which are participating in the international competition for new varieties of roses, the "Rome...

Sanctuary of Gianicolo and Villa Sciarra In Rome

Sanctuary of Gianicolo In Rome Not very far from Villa Sciarra, a villa of the 19th century, and on the South side of Gianicolo hill, is a little sanctuary that displays three different construction phases. Today only the remains of the last one, dating back to the 4th century A.D., are still visible. Visitable on request.

Villa Giulia National Museum of Etruscan art, Rome

Villa Giulia National Museum of Etruscan art, Rome, Italy Rome owe the construction of the marvellous Villa Giulia, one of the most charming example of Renaissance art, to Pope Julius III, who in the half of the 16th century, appointed famous architects such as Vasari, Ammannati and Vignola. The fresco-decorated inside halls by Prospero Fontana and Taddeo Zuccari contain the most outstanding Etruscan works of art such as the statue...

Villa Torlonia Museum, Park and The Casino dei Principi (The House of the Princes) In Rome

Villa Torlonia Museum, Park In Rome, Italy The Torlonia Museum is located in one of the numerous new-built or adapted palaces of 19th century belonged to this noble family of bankers. Since the 17th century the building and adjoining to it were occupied by the water-mill and factories, using the energy of the Acqua Paola. In this palace were disposed 620 pieces of Greek and Roman statues collected by the founder of...

Villa Madama, Monte Mario, Rome

Villa Madama, Monte Mario, Rome It is located on the slope of the Monte Mario facing the zone of Foro Italico. Its construction was begun by cardinal Giulio de' Medici, future pope Clement VII, according to a project of Raphael in 1516-17. It was altered by A.da Sangallo the Y., but remained unfinished. From the Medici it passed to Madama Margaret of Austria/Margherita di Parma (d'Austria), who used it as...

Villaggio Olimpico, Rome

Villaggio Olimpico, Rome This residential center conserved its original name "Olympic Village", as it was built with the goal to accommodate the athletes participating in the Olympic Games of 1960. At present it is reserved for the State employees. All this zone starting from the beginning of the 20th century was occupied by sport constructions like Competition Camp, National Stadium (1911),...

Villa Giulia National Museum, Rome

Villa Giulia National Museum, Rome It was realized for pope Julius III in 1551-55, by enlargement of his family property extending on the greatest part of the hills and plains between Porta del Pololo and Ponte Milvio. It was composed of three centers, the oldest one was named "old vine-yard", the second was the "vine-yard of the port" (as it stood on the riverbank, where a specially built port gave the...

Villa Poniatowsky, Rome

It was born from the division of Villa Giulia in 1570, first as Vigna Mignanelli, then it belonged to the Gonzaga and the Cesi, by who's order Vignola created a beautiful portico and a terrace, accessed by a staircase decorated with marbles, later it was known as Villa Sinibaldi, and finally in 1781 it became a property of Polish prince Stanislao Poniatowsky, who had it...

Villa Glori (Viale di Villa Glori), Rome

Villa Glori (Viale di Villa Glori), Rome It was a vineyard of a certain signor Glori, who escaped from here in October 1867, when a bloody battle between a troop of Garibaldi's army and pontifical gendarmes took place on this territory. In the head of this revolutionary attempt were two brothers Enrico and Giovanni Cairoli. This occasion is commemorated by a column and a dry stable of almond-tree, beside which Enrico...