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Villa Sciarra, Rome

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Villa Sciarra is a park in Rome named for the villa at its centre. It is located between the neighborhoods of Trastevere, Gianicolo and Monteverde Vecchio. It is not to be confused with the Villa Sciarra in Frascati.
The best approach is from Viale Trastevere. At the Ministry of Education turn onto Via E. Morosini, then take the first left (Via Dandolo) to make the climb and turn left at Via Calandrelli. In Via Calandrelli there are two entrances which are the first giving on to Piazzale Wurts, designed by Pio Piacentini and the second at Largo E. Mintilli.
In 1653 Cardinal Antonio Barberini bought most of the land within the Janiculum walls between Porta Portese and Porta San Pancrazio to build an estate mainly used as a farm. In 1811 the property was acquired by the Colonna di Sciarra, who gave the villa its current name and enlarged it by acquiring the land belonging to Monastero di San Cosimato. In the 1880s Prince Maffeo Sciarra Colonna went bankrupt and the estate was split and a large part of it became a residential area. The last owners, George Washington Wurts and his wife Henrietta Tower, who was the sister of Charlemagne Tower, established the remaining land as a botanic garden and aviary complex embellished with an original sculptural decoration coming from an 18th-century Lombard villa near Milan. The park was given to Benito Mussolini by the widowed Henrietta in 1932 on condition it became a public park.
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  • One of the oldest parks in the city of Rome. Despite the neglect and the many areas closed to the public for various dangers, it still retains much of its charm. An immense thank you to the Association Friends of Villa Sciarra that with dedication, respect and love work every day to return and preserve this extraordinary space for all Romans.
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  • A beautiful villa on the slopes of the Gianicolo, with a breathtaking panorama, an expanse of greenery, a beating heart amidst the chaos of the city. A beautiful villa where you can also walk with your four-legged friends or with children, full of statues, some very beautiful and others slightly usurped by time,fountains and beautiful plants. Rome never ceases to surprise....
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  • I love this park, and not just because it is in my neighborhood. Larger than it looks, it includes winding hillside paths with nice views over the city, as well as romantic sculpture gardens. But it i...  more »
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  • A lesser known park but the views on the way to the top are stunning. Very peaceful and tranquil
  • Charming, picturesque park and English garden with statues depicting Greek mythology and many fountains. It's a lovely place to wander and have a picnic. It was a great place to "travel back in time".
  • Weird place on giancolo hilltop. Dog friendly. Hot as balls in the summer.
  • Nice lovely green park with beautiful trees and bushes .Makes time stop.
  • We walked out of Trastevere into what has become a dog park for locals. Views are breathtaking!
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