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Early 1900s Villas


Early 1900s Villas


Traditionally characterized by a rural appearance, this countryside area acquired an elegant and residential charm as several villas started to be built at the beginning of the 20th century. With their outstanding architectural quality, being harmoniously integrated with the wooded surroundings, in a few decades the villas qualified Ariccia as a coveted tourist destination for the Roman bourgeoisie.

The first phase of this transformation involved the area between the area of Borgo Garibaldi in Albano and the Monumental Bridge, with a series of buildings in classic and liberty style.

From the surrounding greenery emerges the white Villa Augusta (also called "Bianca" – white), built in 1910 in neoclassical style with reassembled doors from Villa Torlonia in Rome.

The Villa Le Lieure, now "Hotel Villa Ariccia", preserves the remains of the Temple of Aesculapius and used to host national hero Giuseppe Garibaldi and his family for holiday periods.

The Villino Barbetta was built in neo-Gothic style and Villa Amalia, as well as Villa Volterra, in Art Nouveau style. Moreover, the latter is renowned for its "garden-antiquarium" rich in archaeological finds from the Roman times, and whose belvedere (also called Altana), on which stands the statue of the Lady of the Winds, establishes an ideal dialogue with the Piazza di Corte right across the bridge.

Finally, Villa Macrì was built shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 by the then general director of the Ministry of Popular Culture.

Prepared by

Museo Senza Frontiere, Saverio Capozzi, sulla base di materiale fornito da:
arch. Francesco Petrucci; © Museum With No Frontiers (MWNF).

Villa Augusta © Palazzo Chigi Ariccia

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