Route: EGYPT THE EMPIRE THE POPES. THE CITY OF OBELISKS
Via Nomentana, 70 www.museivillatorlonia.it Visible from the…
You are along the route: SURPRISING NATURE. THE HISTORICAL GARDENS
Via Nomentana 70, via Siracusa, via Spallanzani
Every day. From October 1st to March 31st from 7:00 to 19:00; from April 1st to September 30th from 7:00 to 20:30. Free entry.
The last noble villa to be built in Rome was built at the beginning of the 1800s for the Torlonia family as a symbol of their social advancement. In the park around the noble Palazzo, the scenery switches from the symmetries of a formal garden to the spectacular variety of an English-style garden, with eclectic features and buildings such as the fake ruins, Egyptian-style obelisks, a medieval tournament field, a Casina delle Civette (House of the Owls) named after the obsessive use of the nocturnal bird in all the decorations and a grandiose court Theatre. The last member of the Torlonia family to live here rented the villa to Mussolini, who resided in the house and built three bunkers which are today open to the public. After a long period under restoration, the villa houses a number of interesting museums and exhibition spaces, places for young people to eat and enjoy entertainment in a fine blend of art and nature.
The villa is home to numerous species of trees and shrubs: cypresses, domestic pines, European nettle trees, plane trees, beech, cedars, maples, laurels and boxwood. The presence of secular chestnuts and fruit trees throughout the park is interesting: figs, cherries, plums, apples and lemons. There are also a wide variety of palm trees: dwarf palms, fan palms, Canary palms, date palms, blue palms and California palms. The most interesting of the fauns in the park is a species of beetle, which is difficult to come across because it is completely nocturnal: the rhinoceros beetle. There are also many other species of animals present. The mammals include foxes, which has adapted itself to a city environment, and Etruscan shrews, a minute shrew which is believed to be the smallest mammal in Europe.
Picture by permission from Roma Capitale-Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali
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