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Villa Wolkonsky, Rome

Categories: Ruins, Gardens, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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Villa Wolkonsky is the official residence of the British ambassador to Italy in Rome.It was originally owned by a Russian princess, Zenaǐde Wolkonsky, who made her home there in the 1830s. Her salon was frequented by Karl Brullov, Alexander Ivanov, Bertel Thorvaldsen, Gaetano Donizetti, Stendhal, and Sir Walter Scott. Nikolai Gogol wrote much of Dead Souls at the villa. Subsequently it passed through various ownerships until it was sold to the German government in 1920, becoming the German embassy and ambassador's residence.After the Liberation of Rome in 1944, the Italian government sequestrated the property, and it was placed under the Allied Control Commission. For a short time it was occupied by the Swiss legation and then the Italian Red Cross. When the British embassy at Rome's Porta Pia was blown up by members of the clandestine militant Zionist group Irgun on 31 October 1946, the Italian government made the Villa available to the British government to use as a temporary embassy and residence. The United Kingdom purchased the Villa in 1951.
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  • Visit to the gardens and archaeological collection organized by fai in Rome on this trip in the garden of the Russian princess lover of Tsar Alexander I. After the passage of the German Embassy that left the round temple rebuilt in the garden today a slice of England in the heart of Rome. I hope the photos give justice to this beautiful place
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  • Villa Wolkonsky, is a Green Island of eleven acres not far from the basilica of San Giovanni, enchanting park of Oaks and palms, crossed by a Roman aqueduct. I had the opportunity to visit the greenhouses and gardens on the occasion of a Workshop, having the opportunity to visit the magnificent rooms of the villa. I heard are scheduled visits in small groups to the finds kept in two greenhouses converted into antiquarian and sometimes in part of the gardens. Residence of the British Ambassador in Italy, visits inside are restricted for months for security reasons. It was built in 1830 by Zenaide Russian princess Wolkonsky incorporating three arches (of 36 arches included in property) of the Claudian aqueduct built at the time of Nero to replenish the imperial palaces of the Palatine. Along the rest of the aqueduct and around the building--which will become a famous lounge for artists and writers, Gogol, Stendhal, Donizetti-the Princess wanted to create a romantic-style garden with a rose garden. Today within the two greenhouses we can admire sarcophagi and fragments in bas-relief, votive statues, inscriptions, fragments of the colossal statues or architectural elements. Particularly welcome is the Satyr Musician, with his face sneering and amused carved in marble Milky. It was reassembled by fifteen large fragments found in random order in the garden. But it is in the Park of the villa, along the thirty-six arches of the Aqueduct of Nero you may encounter the beautiful funerary portraits, including that of the Servilii, and the sarcophagi decorated with bas-relief and garlands that famous chariot race. Up to the beautiful Athena Parthenos.
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  • Great garden, which is located in the city centre. There is a very beautiful architecture. Recommend to visit
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  • British Ambassador residence. Not open to the public. Beautiful garden with some really rare Roman sculptures inside.
  • Huge house. Wish it was mine! Ahaha
  • Bellissima villa
  • very nice
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  • a splendor
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