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Obelisks of Villa Torlonia

You are along the route: EGYPT THE EMPIRE THE POPES. THE CITY OF OBELISKS

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Via Nomentana, 70
www.museivillatorlonia.it
Visible from the park: from October 1st to March 31st 7:00-19:00; from April 1st to September 30th 7:00-20:30. Museum: from Tuesday to Sunday 9:00-19.00; 24th and 31st December 9:00-14:00.

The neoclassical complex of Villa Torlonia was started by Giuseppe Valadier in 1802, continued by G.B. Caretti from 1832 and appointed as a public park in 1978. It features thirteen buildings that simulate mysterious and fabulous environments, such as the picturesque Casina delle Civette. The erection of the two, Egyptian imitation, Baveno granite obelisks brought from Lake Maggiore by river to the mouth of the Po, then by sea on board the ship “Fortunato” (lucky) and thereafter up the River Aniene to Rome made history in 1842. The obelisks were off-loaded at Ponte Nomentano and transport to the Villa took eight days. The monuments were raised in the presence of Pope Gregory XVI and King Ludwig I of Bavaria with a great celebration open to the public.

Picture by permission from Roma Capitale-Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali
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Via Nomentana, 70, 00161 Roma, Italia

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