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Villa Torlonia Tours

Villa Torlonia
Once Benito Mussolini’s private residence, this group of three neo-Classical and Art Nouveau villas—the Casina delle Civette, the Casino dei Principi, and the Casino Nobile—is now a museum. Villa Torlonia, set on beautiful grounds in the center of Rome, is known for its impressive collection of stained glass, furnishings, sculpture, and Italian art.

The Basics
Originally designed in the early 19th century by Giuseppe Valadier and Giuseppe Jappelli for the Roman banker Giovanni Torlonia and his family, Villa Torlonia later became home to Mussolini; “the Leader” lived here from 1920 until the end of World War II. The three buildings are surrounded by lush gardens with a number of decorative pavilions and obelisks; underground are Jewish catacombs dating from the third century and an air-raid shelter later converted to a bunker during the World War II (not currently open to the public). The Torlonia family, and in particular Giovanni and his son Alessandro, were avid art collectors, and the villa is home to a small portion of their original collection. 

If you’re already acquainted with Rome’s main attractions and would like to discover some of the city’s lesser-known sites, consider taking a guided tour of Villa Torlonia and the nearby Quartiere Coppedè neighborhood.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Large bags, backpacks, and umbrellas must be left in the cloakroom.
  • Touring the buildings and gardens requires a bit of walking, so wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and sunscreen.
  • The buildings are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers via ramps and elevators.
  • Photography without flash is permitted inside the villas, but not during special exhibitions.

How to Get There
Villa Torlonia is located along Via Nomentana; a number of buses run from Rome’s main Termini train station to the Trieste/Nomentana stop near the villa.

When to Get There
One of the main draws of Villa Torlonia are the lovely grounds, which are in full bloom in spring and fall. The museum is closed on Mondays.

The Owl House
Although Casino Nobile is the main building, the most charming is the House of the Little Owls (Casina delle Civette), a whimsical cottage with loggias, porticos, turrets, and stained-glass windows. 
Address: Via Nomentana, 70, Rome, Italy
Admission: Varies
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Fascist Rome TourHalf-day Tours

Fascist Rome Tour

Architecture was Mussolini's favorite mode of propaganda, and he commissioned monumental projects like the Foro Italico and E.U.R., a vast state office park that includes the stark Palazzo della Civilta del Lavoro, known as the square Coliseum. While the name of Mussolini has been scratched out or sculpted over most of what he had hoped would be immortalized, there are still countless fascist remnants in the Italian capital today, from his former home in the Villa Torlonia to the E.U.R. district. Many blend in so seamlessly, it’s easy to forget what they once stood for. But we Romans have no intention of erasing any aspect of our city’s past. Instead, the fascist era and its architecture have just become another layer in Rome’s multi-faceted history.
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Semi-private tour: Modern Rome, Coppedè district and Villa TorloniaHalf-day Tours

Semi-private tour: Modern Rome, Coppedè district and Villa Torlonia

Rome may be famous for its ancient ruins and Renaissance palaces, but the city is also home to Art Nouveau gems dating from the early 20th century. Discover Rome’s “Liberty” treasures with this walking tour through the Quartiere Coppedè. Visit the Casina delle Civette (House of Owls) in Villa Torlonia and take in the eclectic mix of architectural styles created by architect Gino Coppedè in the neighborhood he designed.
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Mussuloni bunker &; villa tornilia tourCultural Tours

Mussuloni bunker &; villa tornilia tour

We offer a tour of villa torlonia and mussuloni's bunker. You see where mussuloni was staying and go and see the original bunkers which was built for mussuloni.
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Rome Tailor-Made: Create Your Private TourDay Trips

Rome Tailor-Made: Create Your Private Tour

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Visiting Rome is all about the fun of planning the details of your trip. What’s better than having your own personal travel guide? Whether you have already visited the beaten paths, or you just want to ditch the set itineraries and build your own custom-made one, Rome is now at your feet. You guessed it, now you're the designer! Start with picking up one of our adjustable itineraries and duration. Once in Rome, meet your guide at your accommodation and just outline the desired content of your tour. Your private local guide will answer all your questions, disclose the amazing secrets of the Eternal city, and lead your tour according to your very own interests and needs. There's even more! Thinking about giving a gift with a difference? Buy this package for a friend or loved one and provide your lucky recipient with a real life experience in any of our list of options. It's simple and easy: all you need to do is choose the date, tour duration and number of participants!
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