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Villa Celimontana, Rome

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  • August 8, 2017
    In the 1st century ad on top of the Caelian Hill already stood a fire station. It was a paramilitary body set up at the beginning of the century by the Emperor Augustus, in order to maintain order in the city and fight the calamities that threaten (floods, landslides and especially fire, particularly frequent in a city where most of the buildings were built of wood). As a Roman Legion, the brigades was also divided into Cohorts and centuries. Here, in particular, was headquartered at fifth Cohort (Cohortes Vigilum V). Later the site was built the so-called Basilica Hilariana, a religious complex dedicated to the worship of Attis and Cybele (linked to the worship of the earth goddess and the farming sector) which remains some traces especially under close Military Hospitals. The ground, abandoned throughout the middle ages, it was purchased in the 16TH century by the family Mattei. They built a lovely residence in Renaissance style (today known as the Palazzetto Mattei), surrounded by a beautiful Italian garden with statues, walkways, flowerbeds, fountains, ancient furniture often from famous collections of art and here wisely used. The complex was named "Villa Celimontana" (in memory of the ancient Coelius Mons on which arose). At the end of 1800, after many vicissitudes, the Villa became the property of a German aristocrat, to which the Kingdom of Italy took him out after the first world war, as compensation for war damages. Now Villa Celimontana is owned by the city of Rome. Among the works of art housed in the building, there is an ancient Egyptian obelisk, probably dating to the time of the great Pharaoh Ramses II (1300 BC). The artifact is from the Egyptian town of Heliopolis, where the Roman conquerors transported in Rome as captured, installing it on ISIS Temple behind the Capitol. The Pope donated it to Mattei at the time of construction of the villa. It is also known with the nickname of "skewer" (which, in fact, is the Italian translation of the Greek word "Obelisk"). Noting also the monumental portal, which opens onto Piazza della Navicella (near the Church). The structure actually comes from the ancient Villa Giustiniani (another nice Roman garden formerly located close to Via Merulana, then deleted to make way for residential buildings). A plaque shows the restoration took place at the initiative of the municipality of Rome in 1931, year IX of the so-called "fascist". Il Palazzetto Mattei now houses the Italian geographical society, cultural and moral institution founded in the late 19th century. Villa Celimontana can be easily reached from the Colosseum, ahead in a southerly direction Via Claudia and then Via della Navicella, or from San Giovanni in Laterano along Via Santo Stefano Rotondo. For tourists involved in the visits of the numerous nearby attractions, the villa is an opportunity to take a nice break of coolness and relief. Today, unfortunately, the cleanliness of the site are not satisfactory. Pieces of paper, plastic bottles and other garbage of any kind appear here and there, between the guilty inertia of those who should take care of this beautiful and historic villa.
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  • July 22, 2017
    A villa that the impact seems a natural oasis, until "rightly" impossible not to notice then the actions of Australopithecus (very common in the area), newspapers, clothes, food debris. On the ground you can see everything. The ponds are home to carps only, not even the shadow of turtles. Too bad. Mediocre
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  • July 3, 2017
    For years now that at least twice a day i take my dogs to this park. A very nice time, tanks with fish and turtles, majestic trees, shrubs that host nests of grackles, fountains always clean. All this is gone. In total neglect: empty tanks, trees trimmed, weeds everywhere, papers and bags strewn everywhere and to complete, even the keeper kicked on after who knows how many years. I repeat, a great pity.
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  • One of the most romantic places I've ever been. Some less visible spots look somewhat forlorn. General atmosphere, especially at dusk, is strong and charming.
  • A nice quiet park and one of the few places in Rome where you can find benches! A good place to escape from the city and tourists.
  • Super nice park, and for one I did not get eaten alive by the mosquitos
  • It was a good park but not anymore, it need a lot of maintenance
  • The Villa Celimontana is a villa on the Caelian Hill in Rome, sourranded by gardens. Inside there is the head office of the Italian Geographic Society.There is also an obelisk whose top (2.68m) has hieroglyphics of Ramses II and in the southern corner there is the fontana del fiume.

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