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Villa Volterra (V. dei Villini 39)

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Villa Volterra (V. dei Villini 39)

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The villa, with entrances on via Appia Nuova (via dei Villini, n. 39) and via Vito Volterra (n. 1), was designed in liberty style in 1904 by architect Giulio Magni (1859–1930). The building overlooks the garden-antiquarium, rich in archaeological finds of Roman Aricia, and with its belvedere where the statue of the Lady of the Winds, sculpted by Giuseppe Magni, can be seen, it stands out as one of the most important architectural elements of the Alban landscape. The villa was commissioned as his country residence by the great mathematician Vito Volterra (1860–1940), who was also senator and president of the Lincean Academy and of the Italian National Research Council. Ownership then passed to his son, the distinguished jurist Edoardo Volterra (1904–1984). Throughout the years, Villa Volterra has hosted several prestigious scientists, such as Madame Marie Curie and the mathematician Tullio Levi, Einstein's consultant during the elaboration of the theory of relativity. The building, now owned by Virginia Volterra, was radically restored between 2004 and 2010 under the direction of architect Roberto Veneziani.
(Bibliography: A. Martorelli, 1930; R. Veneziani, V. Volterra, 2011)

Villa Volterra © Palazzo Chigi Ariccia
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