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Art Nouveau Rome: Villa Torlonia & Coppedé Private Tour

1. Art Nouveau Rome: Villa Torlonia & Coppedé Private Tour

Enjoy a half-day private tour of Villa Torlonia, just 10 minutes by taxi from Rome city center, and discover an early 19th century house, built for a rich banking family ennobled by the pope a century earlier. Your guide will tell you the villa’s history, including when it became the home of Mussolini in the 1930s. The separate bedrooms he and his wife Rachele used are on the upper floor of the Villino Nobile, although the original furniture has gone. The basement also provided access to 2 bunkers that Mussolini built, one as a bomb shelter and the other as a gas shelter. Marvel at the extravagant House of the Owls, former residence of Prince Giovanni Torlonia the Younger until his death in 1938. Set at the edge of the park in a discrete location, the house was intended as a refuge from the formality of the main residence. Its architecture is the result of a series of transformations and additions planned by different architects with artisanal or industrial materials. Learn about the rich decorations of the 2 internal levels, finished with artistic sculptures and furniture with pictorial effects. See some of the best examples of local stained glass and inlaid wood sourced from the local workshops of Rome. Next, explore the Coppedé neighborhood and discover one of the best residential areas in Rome. As you walk, your guide will point out the fantastic Art Nouveau architecture designed by Gino Coppedé, and more.

Hidden Neighborhoods of Rome Half-Day Self-Guided Tour

2. Hidden Neighborhoods of Rome Half-Day Self-Guided Tour

Discover Rome like a Roman on a half-day private tour of some of the city’s hidden neighborhoods, such as the eclectic and bizarre Quartiere Coppedè. Traveling by private car, your driver will be at your disposal throughout the tour, taking you to secret sites such as the fairytale cottages of the Quartiere Coppedè. Nestled in the Trieste district in the northern part of the city, the area boasts a fantastic mix of Ancient Greek, Medieval, and Art Nouveau architecture. Discover the treasures of Piazza Mincio and other streets and squares of the Coppedè to see Rome’s answer to the Gaudì structures of Barcelona. Continue to the park of Villa Torlonia where, among the 13.2 hectares of grounds, you’ll find the House of the Owls (Casina delle Civette) and admire the tricks of light created by its stained glass windows. Next, explore the Jewish Ghetto. Built in the 16th century, the area preserves the traditions of the local Jewish community. Stop to sample Jewish pastries and cakes at the "Pasticceria Boccioni." End in the historic Monteverde Vecchio district outside the Aurelian Walls. Admire stately villas of the 19th century, and experience the community feel of a proud Roman neigborhood. A tour guide is not included, a suggestion may be to bring a guidebook. Remember to check on the website the opening times of the location you want to visit and the price of entrance ticket. Entrance fees are not included.

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What people are saying about Villa Torlonia

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Our tour with Stefania was incredible; the “off the beaten path” side of Rome and the Italian art nouveau are real treasure, a must see for anyone, interested in early to mid 20th century Italian and European art and architecture. What made the tour even more enjoyable, was the intellectually stimulating conversation with Stefania, whose warmth, kindness, and knowledge of Italian, and European history and culture made the tour truly the unforgettable event.