Social dinner at “La Limonaia”

“La Limonaia” is a pleasant restaurant placed in Villa Torlonia.
The “Villa” was initially conceived by Giovanni Torlonia, that having risen to the title of marquis in 1797, retained Giuseppe Valadier for the renovations to his estate. From 1802-1806 Valadier converted the previously existing quarters into an elegant Palazzo. Even more impressive were the renovations to the small Casino Abbati, now known as the Casino dei Principi (prince's chalet). He also built the stables and landscaped the grounds. After Giovanni's death, his son, Alessandro, finished the project under the architects Quintiliano Raimondi and Giuseppe Japelli, the latter of whom decorated the southern end of the villa with ornate structures and furnishings. Of the thirteen buildings on the property, representative of various periods and world cultures, perhaps the most intrigueing of all is the Casina delle Civette (chalet of the owls), which seems like something out of a fairy tale. The original structure, designed by Japelli in1840, takes the form of a Swiss chalet. Successive additions by architects Gennari and Vincenzo Fasolo, expanded its original form, to include loggias and porticos, and other decorative elements, such as leaded glass windows designed by noted artists: Duillio Cambellotti, Paolo Paschetto, Umberto Botazzi, and Vittorio Grassi, and brought to light by master glass artist Cesare Picchiarini. The almost obsessively recurrent presence of owl motifs throughout the structure, justify its name.
From 1925-1943 the Villa was the home of Benito Mussolini, rented to him for the symbolic amount of 'one lira a month'. From 1944-19947 the villa was occupied by the Anglo-American military command, whose presence caused inestimable damage to the property.
Underneath the Villa's grounds lie the Hebrew catacombs, extending over 9 kilometres, its two ornate cemeteries, with paintings and symbols going all the way back to the 3rd and 4th centuries.

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Social Dinner: cost per person
On Line
(until 1st Sep 2009)
€ 50,00
On Site € 65,00

In 1978, the year the villa was acquired by the city of Rome, this building was in ruins. After extensive restorations, the museum now houses an artistic tribute to roman eclecticism. Crowning the collection are the stained glass windows, outstanding examples from the period of 1908-1930.

This tiny villa houses some of the most outstanding pieces from the Collezione Tolono (Torlonia collection). Not to be missed are the three large stuccos of Canova and the furniture collection taken from Giovanni Torlonia's bedroom, which exalts Genovese Baroque artistry.

Last restored, or "reborn", is “La Limonaia” a beautiful old farmhouse with exposed beams and windows overlooking the garden, used as a restaurant, where are setted up simple and modern furnishings, which do not affect the charm of the place. The most extraordinary thing, however, is outdoors. Immersed in the gardens of one of the ancient park of Rome, under the umbrellas and light candles, eat in the garden of “La Limonaia” is really enjoyable. The menu is absolutely complete in every way.

In addiction to “the Social Dinner”, on Thursday September 17, we are arranging a visit of the Villa’s Museums.