The Villino Douhet in Rome was designed by Ernesto Basile in the early 20th century. It is in this building that a group called the Atlantici, led by the fascist pilot and politician Giulio Douhet, used to meet. It is the current seat of the Associazione Arma Aeronautica.
Villino Douhet Rome
History and description
The villa was fist constructed for Romeo Bisini. It was only in 1923, when Francesco Imperiali enlarged it and added made it taller, that it got its present name from its new owner, Giulio Douhet.
In 1930, while tending to his garden in Albano Laziale, Douhet got a heart attack and died. Since Douhet had been a General in the Air Force, on her death in 1955, his widow bequeathed the building to the Air Force.
It became the seat of a Center for Aeronautical Military Studies.
It is now the headquarters of the National Presidency of the Associazione Arma Aeronautica – Aviatori d’Italia.
What to see
The interior is characterized by pointed arches and frescoed cross vaults.
Since Douhet was also an artist, he decorated the walls himself, with tempera frescoes.
There is also a large plaster cast of the Ludovisi Throne, the original of which can be seen in the Palazzo Altemps seat of the Roman National Museum.
A rather simple plaque commemorating the general is attached on the exterior wall of the building.
Address: Via Marcantonio Colonna, 23 – Rome. Phone: +39 06 3215145. Opening times and ticket price: The villa can only be visited on special occasions.