Villa Celimontana

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Villa Celimontana
3.5
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Home of the Italian Geographic Society and one of the best kept villas in Italy
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The area
Neighborhood: Centro
How to get there
  • Circo Massimo • 9 min walk
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DCDolcevita
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico489 contributions
In summer, the jazz club Alexanderplatz holds its concerts outdoors, in a lovely park south of the Colosseum called Villa Celimontana. Their website lists the concerts, but is otherwise quite useless. Do not attempt to buy tickets online – the computer system does not work well and there is a high likelihood your reservations will be lost. You can buy tickets to the concert at the entrance to the park (on Via Navicella near the intersection of Via d. S. Stefano) starting at 7:30 pm the night of the concert, but the gates don’t open until 9 pm. (Unless it’s a very popular concert or a Saturday night, you can probably wait until 9 to get your tickets.) The concerts begin at 10:15 pm. Seats are unnumbered, so it’s best to reserve a table and eat dinner before the show. The number for table reservations is [-], starting at 6 pm the night of the show. The food is decent and reasonably priced, and the seats have a good view of the stage. There is also a wine bar and a snack bar at which you can reserve tables or just purchase food and beverages. Be sure to put on insect repellent before you go!
Written August 11, 2007
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Gerwyn J
Auckland, New Zealand149 contributions
Jul 2012 • Family
The park was big, with dirt walking tracks leading to the different areas. The playground was ok, no shade for the children in such a hot heat. The turtles were amazing, fenced off in a little pond. The gardens / grass need a bit of work and lots of rubbish.
Written September 6, 2012
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olgazasenko
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine53 contributions
It's not touristic at all. And it is soo quiet, that I would dare to whisper here.
Of course it holds no interest for those who come to Rome just for a few days. But for those "who've seen it all" it's a nice place to chill. The park has beautiful flower bushes and some interesting sculptures.
Written July 28, 2014
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Roger N
Bedlington, UK685 contributions
The sign at the entrance bears graffiti but thankfully there is none inside, nor any beggars, scarf sellers, selfie stick sellers etc etc. A real place of tranquility and the best place I have visited in Rome. Love.y to wander the paths, watch the birds and butterflies and lizards. A delight.
Written May 17, 2015
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Dan B
Geneva, Switzerland106 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
Charming little park on the Celio hill.
Good place to basking in the sun, or walk in love.
You'll be be surprised by the green parrots who have made their big nests on large cedar park. And by their impressive fuss!
Written April 11, 2015
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dapper777
Monaco32,122 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
It is a bit out of the way but it is always pleasant, if you are around, to go inside for a walk.
Villa Celimontana, despite not having the extension of the more famous Villa Borghese and Villa Ada, offers pleasant walks in a lovely landscape, enriched here and there by some artistic and architectural elements of a certain charm and artistic interest. The villa is located on the south side of the Caelium Hill, in the center of important monuments and archaeological areas such as the basilica of St. John Lateran to the east, the Colosseum to the north, the Baths of Caracalla to the south and the Circus Maximus and the Palatine Hill to the north west.
Villa Celimontana, which was once called Villa Mattei, is a public park in Rome that has existed since the 16th century. It was subject to transformation in 1858 by the French architect Pierre Charles L'Enfant (1754-1825) on the initiative of Laura Maria Giuseppa di Bauffremont and again in 1870, with interventions in neo-Gothic style, for the last owner Richard von Hoffmann.
It is a place that since ancient times was known for its vegetation and its water sources.
A monumental entrance is located near Piazza della Navicella. Another entrance, with an original portal, is in front of the church of Saints John and Paul.
The park was created in the place of a vineyard by Duke Ciriaco Mattei, in the 16th century.
The main building built in the 16th century is located near the monumental entrance of the villa.
This entrance was rebuilt on the original model in 1931.
It consists of an ashlar gate, decorated with two caryatids and a coat of arms of the Municipality of Rome, surmounted by an attic with balustrade and windows. It is assumed that the original model of the caryatids was Ancient Roman.
The Casino Mattei or Palazzetto Mattei, traditionally entrusted to Jacopo Del Duca, a pupil of Michelangelo, and now the current headquarters of the Italian Geographic Society, dates back to that period.
Walking in the park, it is possible to discover some archaeological remains, a neo-Gothic temple, the remains of the Basilica Hilariana with detail of the staircase leading to the dolmen (erected by Manius Publicius Hilarus), a 17th century fountain (Fontana del Fiume) and a playground for children, where ponies can be hired.
The ancient city walls of the Flavian and Trajan periods are almost entirely covered and invisible today.
An Egyptian obelisk from the time of Ramses II comes from the Temple of the Sun in Heliopolis. It was installed here in the 16th century, originally placed in the temple of Isis with two other similar monoliths.
The villa changed owners several times, until it was bought by the Italian State in 1915 and sold in 1925 to the Municipality of Rome, which opened the park to the public.
In the summer, the park hosts a quality jazz festival.
It needs maintenance and attention.
The fountains' basins are empty and the paths seem abandoned.
Nonetheless, the park is worth a visit.
Written December 14, 2021
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Tina F
Rome, Italy170 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
After a busy morning of sightseeing, why not buy a sandwich and enjoy it while strolling through Villa Celimontana? Not far from Circo Massimo and a lovely place to relax and recuperate during you busy Roman holiday.
Written January 16, 2019
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ChuckL568
Sarasota, FL103 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
We wandered into this park after visiting the Basilica of Saints John and Paul on the Caelian Hill. It provided a cool respite after our morning peregrinations. After resting on a bench beneath and shady tree, we walked along the paths and enjoyed the buildings, statues, flowers, and views.
Written December 17, 2018
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littleroo2017
Rome, Italy52 contributions
Oct 2018 • Solo
Villa Celimontana is a free public park, 10 mins walk uphill from the Colosseum (bus 81 stops outside). Chalky pathways wind through the trees and grassy areas. There is a small pond (other ponds were empty/dry). There is plenty of shade and lots of benches to sit both in the sun or in the shade. On a sunny Autumnal Sunday afternoon there were lots of families with young children here enjoying the small play area, there was even a pony and cart taking children on rides around the park.
There are a couple of drinking fountains and toilets (€1) - but it looked as though these were closed. It's not a big park like Villa Borghese, but a nice spot for a picnic if you are in the area, perhaps visiting Santo Stefano Rotondo or the Case Romane.
Written October 21, 2018
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SAEL11547
Tel Aviv, Israel29 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
It was lovely to sit in the open with drinks ans something to eat and listen to music. The Jazz concert we were in that night was not great, but we didnt mind, the atmosphere made up for it.
Written July 15, 2018
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