Villa Albani Torlonia ©FondazioneTorlonia Photo Lorenzo De Masi

Villa Albani Torlonia

“There are magnificent places which have no need of praise. This is the case of Villa Albani.” Thus begins the invitation to the reader of the guide by Morcelli, Fea and Visconti (La Villa Albani descritta, Rome 1869), printed on the occasion of the purchase (1866) on behalf of Prince Alessandro Torlonia of the noble residence which had once belonged to Cardinal Alessandro Albani. After decades of abandonment, Prince Alessandro ordered major restoration works to be carried out, as we are reminded by the inscription in bronze lettering on the façade: “Alexander Albani vir eminentissimus instruxit et ornavit / Alexander Torlonia vir princeps in melius restituit” (Built and decorated by the most eminent Alessandro Albani / Restored by Prince Alessandro Torlonia), bringing back lustre and prestige to this precious jewel of neoclassical architecture, to the point that in 1870, the Capture of Rome from the Papal States was signed here.

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Villa Albani Torlonia ©FondazioneTorlonia Photo Lorenzo De Masi

Villa Albani Torlonia ©FondazioneTorlonia Photo Lorenzo De Masi

Villa Albani Torlonia ©FondazioneTorlonia Photo Lorenzo De Masi

Villa Albani Torlonia ©FondazioneTorlonia Photo Lorenzo De Masi

Villa Albani Torlonia ©FondazioneTorlonia Photo Lorenzo De Masi

Villa Albani Torlonia ©FondazioneTorlonia Photo Lorenzo De Masi

Villa Albani Torlonia ©FondazioneTorlonia Photo Lorenzo De Masi

Villa Albani Torlonia ©FondazioneTorlonia Photo Lorenzo De Masi

Villa Albani Torlonia ©FondazioneTorlonia Photo Lorenzo De Masi

Villa Albani Torlonia ©FondazioneTorlonia Photo Lorenzo De Masi

Villa Albani Torlonia ©FondazioneTorlonia Photo Lorenzo De Masi

Villa Albani Torlonia ©FondazioneTorlonia Photo Lorenzo De Masi