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Villa Wolkonsky, Rome

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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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  • I do not know if even today there are possibilities to see and admire this Villa ... but I who was lucky enough to enter for a private invitation was the most beautiful and majestic Villa I have seen in Rome (in the area of St. John). Careless and with large residences, reception halls and many large centuries-old trees leave you breathless. I am very sorry that it is not always possible to enter to visit it since it is the residence of the British Ambassador in Rome, it would forever be admired by the Roman Citizens, but there are privations and rules. Today the villa is often used for seminars and workshops and is also rented for events of qualified academic or commercial organizations. The vast gardens are also the setting for the annual Queen's Birthday Party, a British national holiday. A recent census of plants and trees listed the presence of about 200 different species. The great beauty that you can't admire...
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  • The UK's diplomatic headquarters in Italy, it is a Villa nestled in a large green park. Too bad I could only see it from the outside.
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  • Residence of the British Ambassador in Rome visited during a reception: large garden surrounded by Roman walls. The villa on 2 floors on the ground floor is purely entertainment.
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  • Our holiday apartment was opposite Villa Wolkonsy (British Ambassadors Residence), you are not allowed to enter the grounds or the property
  • Atmosfera unica... A beautiful Queen's Party
  • We went there for the Queen's birthday party. A very nice atmosphere.
  • Amazing!
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