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Villa Maraini - Swiss Institute in Rome

Via Ludovisi, 48, 00199 Rome, Italy
+39 06 420421
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Stupendous Villa!

There are a lot of beautiful buildings in Rome---many of them former villas. I wasn't prepared for... read more

Reviewed 5 August 2016
Kirk M
Edmonton, Canada
Worth it for the View

For €5 you have a 55 minute walk around some of the Villa, but most Importantly, you get to go to... read more

Reviewed 11 January 2016
Melbourne, Australia
via mobile
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A jewel of the early XXth century Roman architecture, Villa Maraini stands on an artificial hill and is surrounded by a splendid garden with a nymphaeum shaped as a natural grotto. From its Belvedere tower, which is the city’s second highest point after the cupola of St. Peter’s, you can enjoy a wonderful view of Rome. Guided tours, by reservation only (Italian, French and English) on Mondays at 3pm and 4 pm.
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5 Aug 2016
“Stupendous Villa!”
11 Jan 2016
“Worth it for the View”
Via Ludovisi, 48, 00199 Rome, Italy
Ludovisi / Via Veneto
+39 06 420421
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Reviewed 5 August 2016

There are a lot of beautiful buildings in Rome---many of them former villas. I wasn't prepared for Villa Maraini, coming upon it by accident. It blew me away! It's on Via Ludovisi, a side street off the famous and luxurious Via Veneto. Walk two blocks...More

1  Thank Kirk M
Reviewed 11 January 2016 via mobile

For €5 you have a 55 minute walk around some of the Villa, but most Importantly, you get to go to the very, very top of the building where you have views from the second highest vantage point in all of Rome! 360 degrees uninterrupted!...More

3  Thank MrCraigBD
Reviewed 5 October 2015 via mobile

Stayed across the street and saw this on TA. Pay attention, tours ONLY at 3:00 and 4:00 PM MONDAYS. Wondered what the place was...wealthy sugar refinery owner built on top of rubble from neighborhood renovations in late 1800's. They had no children and left property...More

1  Thank Paint-by-number
Reviewed 16 September 2015 via mobile

We have walked around the outside on multiple occasions and even walked into the grotto on the corner of the property. The quality even from the outside leaves no doubt the family who built this magnificent estate had very good taste in a whimsical way....More

1  Thank John R
Reviewed 12 August 2015

Off the beaten path and not known to very many tourists is the Villa Maraini. Treat yourself and book a tour for 5€ and get some of the best views of Rome from the top of the Villa. Tours are every Monday in Italian, English...More

1  Thank Maggi713
Reviewed 6 September 2014

We were staying close to the Villa and noticed it when we were walking back to the hotel one night. We booked ahead for the Monday 3pm tour (via email from the swiss institute's site). There were 5 people on the tour, 3 german speakers...More

2  Thank Koukat
Reviewed 3 January 2014

We didn't know anything about the building. We just happened to pass by it one day while exploring the neighborhood near our hotel. I couldn't help but admire the beauty of the architecture. It was built in the same style as the Villa Medici, and...More

1  Thank KarenV87
Reviewed 15 May 2013

We did get to see the tour. The tours are given only on Monday at 15:00 and 16:00 and you need to make a reservation at http://www.istitutosvizzero.it/dove/roma/visite or phone (+39 06 420 42 1). Or you can ring the doorbell at the villa and make...More

3  Thank BennyMalaga
Reviewed 21 March 2013

Unfortunately we couldn't get in to do a tour, but even if you dont manage to, go by here at twilight and night, its a fairytale looking building from below and offer a great picture, also its just around the corner from the top of...More

1  Thank Ray B
Ludovisi / Via Veneto
Thanks to Fellini and La Dolce Vita, the Ludovisi and
Via Veneto neighbourhood earned its reputation as a
posh area where gorgeous Marcellos wooed actresses and
models while bored housewives hung out in streetside
cafes. The cafes are still there, and so are the
cocktails, but the neighbourhood is now home to
five-star businesses including hotels, banks, law
firms, and embassies. The area is also right next to
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