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An open air museum: Villa Torlonia
08 October 2015

An open air museum: Villa Torlonia

Villa Torlonia is a park of 16 hectares in the heart of the Trieste district, it was originally the farm of the Torlonia family, who ordered the restoration works in 1806 entrusting the architect Valadier.

The restoration project for first touched the main building, the hoot of Principles Stables and over the main entrance to the park consists of symmetrical and perpendicular avenues decorated with statues belonging neoclassical art.

Inside the Villa there are many monumental structures that tell centuries of history of the city of Rome.

Hoot owls
It’s one of the most monumental buildings of the park feature, located on one of the highest points of the park. Retains the style of a medieval village, with arcades, towers decorated with beautiful stained glass windows and tiles. Despite various destruction that hit her in the course of history, the little house holds in its inner rooms Nouveau style, with a recurring decorative element: the owls.

Casino Nobile
The main building which is located on a beautiful white marble staircase. A neoclassical building with columns and side porches between Gothic styles and Pompeii. The nicest part of this building is inside the ballroom inside which were placed mirrors to make the room bright; Antonio Canova was chosen to decorate the interiors characterized by low plaster reliefs and paintings.

Underground Bunker
In the underground floors of the Casino Nobile you can find the air-raid shelter built around 1940 to protect the families of the Duce, Benito Mussolini. The structures of the basement of the villa are three, the first to be built was the Refuge cellar underneath the lake Fucino; the following year was built a shelter in the basement of the main building, while in 1943 it was built the bunker itself under the square outside the park.

Casino dei Principi
Built in a Renaissance style, it is connected to the main building via an underground tunnel. This small building preserves beautiful decorations: a frieze to celebrate the battles of Alexandria and frescoes depicting ancient Greece, Rome and views of the Gulf of Naples, which make the interior rooms used for receptions of unique beauty.

False Ruins
The False Ruins is a practice of the Sixteenth Century Villa Torlonia, you can find fake ruins of the Temple of Saturn hidden by dense vegetation. The Tribune with fountain, tennis tournament, the Etruscan tomb are small hidden ruins, especially in strategic areas of the park, to further decorate them.

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