15.05.2013 - 16.06.2013
Some of Rome's most beautiful villas and gardens are on view to the public for the event Ville di Roma a Porte Aperte (Open House in Rome’s Villas). These rare openings will include guided visits of important Roman homes that are private or privately-owned and thus normally closed to the public (May15th-June16th).
Such an historic, artistic and architectonic legacy speaks to the significance of the Eternal City’s numerous treasures, and to that of Rome itself, as a European Capital with among the highest number of villas on the Continent. In its new spring edition, the initiative proposes a number of itineraries in discovery of these luxe estates, some of which lie outside the city.
Thirty-five in total, these celebrated homes will span from Roman Renaissance villas, to those enormous in the Baroque style, and the smaller villas from the fin de siècle 1800s. Guides and art history experts will lead guests through authentic gems like Villa Madama, Villa Medici, Villa Sciarra, the secret gardens of Villa Borghese, Villa Carpegna and many more, in a chronological itinerary that treats many of Rome’s important artistic and architectural moments – including the Neoclassical, Eclectic and Art Nouveau periods.
The Villas initiative is organized by Turismo Culturale Italiano, with sponsorship from Roma Capitale – Department of Cultural Affairs and the Historic Center.