Villa Torlonia Park Rome

The Villa Torlonia Park is a medium-sized park on the Via Nomentana in Rome. Within the park there are a number of museums, where constantly changing exhibitions are held. There is also a kind of museum for children (Technotown) and there are two obelisks plus a multiple copies of Roman monuments.

Villa Torlonia Park Rome

Useful information

The address of the Villa Torlonia is Via Nomentana, 70 – 00161 Rome (tel. +39 060608. This is the information number of the city of Rome, no number is available for the park itself). There is a bus stop (Nomentano-Torlonia: 60, 60, 82, 90, N4) right in front of the entrance. From Termini you should take bus 90. The park is open from 09.00 to 19.00 (on 24 and 31 December from 09.00 to 14.00). It is closed on Mondays, December 25, January 1 and May 1. The park is free to enter. A ticket for the Casino Nobile and the Casina delle Civette costs 8.50 Euro. Admission to only the Casino Nobile is 6.50 and to only the Casina dell Civette 5 Euro. EU residents between 6 and 25 and over 65 get 1 Euro discount per museum. Children under 6 get in for free. The Roma Pass is valid at the museums of the Villa Torlonia.

History

Casina delle Civette in the Villa Torlonia Park in Rome
Casina delle Civette

The Villa Torlonia was built by a wealthy banking family, who owned the park until 1977. From that year it has been a public park.

What to see in the Villa Torlonia

Obelisks

In the park there are two fake Egyptian obelisks that were placed here in the 19th century. They were manufactured in northern Italy and transported to Rome largely by water. The journey took almost two months.

Casina delle Civette

The Casina delle Civette “Little House of Owls” began its existence as the “Swiss Hut” and is one of the most fairy-tale-like buildings in Rome. The name derives from its decorations.

Casino Nobile

The Casino Nobile is the largest building in the Villa Torlonia and was designed by the famous architect Giuseppe Valadier, who was also responsible for the current appearance of the Piazza del Popolo.

Casino dei Principi

The Casino dei Principi (“House of Princes”) was a modest country house, enlarged and embellished by Valadier in the early 19th century. Its current appearance is the result of a later renovation, under Giovan Battista Caretti.

Technotown

Technotown is a cross between a museum and a playground, where children between 8 and 17 can learn about technology through play. It is located in the Villino Medioevale (Medieval Cottage) in the park.

“Roman” monuments

Here and there in the park are buildings and structures that try to look like they are from ancient Roman times. However, these are only copies.

Exhibition Casina delle Civette

No exhibitions at the moment.

Exhibition Casino dei Principi

No exhibitions at the moment.

Villa Torlonia Park, Rome


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