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Villa Torlonia, located on the Nomantansky road near Rome, outside the city gates of Port Pia, is of interest to tourists, historians and art historians both for its architecture - a typical example of the construction of the beginning of the 19th century - and for examples of antique art collected in its halls and, of course, for its own unusual history.
Built in 1806 by Giuseppe Voladier Villa of the wealthy family of Torlonia is designed in the neoclassical style. Perhaps this is precisely the reason why the dictator Benito Mussolini, known for his addiction to pseudo-classical art, chose Villa Torlonia as his residence. In the period from 1925 to 1943. the last owner of the estate rented it to the Duce for a nominal fee - 1 lira per year. After restoration in the second half of the 20th century, the villa opened its doors to tourists, and now it regularly hosts sightseeing tours related, inter alia, to this part of its history.
The central place in the exposition of the museum, opened in the main building of the estate, is occupied by an extensive collection of antique statues. Like many museums in Italy, Villa Torlonia owes its collection to the interest of wealthy Italians in art - most of the exhibits presented here were collected by the princes of Torlonia during the years of prosperity of this family. Some particularly valuable works of art have been preserved here from the collection of Albany - the famous Roman patrons, whose estate was on the site Villas Torlonia until the 18th century.
The former manor house adjoins a picturesque garden in which visitors can admire a number of architectural monuments of the 17th-19th centuries .. Also of particular interest to specialists and lovers of Roman antiquity are the remains of Jewish catacombs recently discovered in the villa's territory dating back to the era of our era.