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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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  • When visited the Basilica at Porta San Giovanni (fresco by Giotto), then on the map decided to reach Villa Zinaida Volkonskaya. It's close to 10 minutes on foot, but this is not worth it-now on site the British Embassy, nothing is visible, all behind the high brick fence, is closed to the public.
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  • This is a little explored by tourists but no less surprising than the others that are infested with tourists, give yourself the time and walks its streets
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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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  • 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
  • I was lucky enough to visit this beautiful villa. Beautiful with a breathtaking garden edited maniacally
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  • very nice
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