Such has been the success of the opening of the newly restored Casino Nobile at the Villa Torlonia that instead of the visits finishing on 15 June, as had been the original plan, it has been decided to continue them until 1 October. The re-opening, on 21 March 2006, by Romes mayor, Walter Veltroni, offered the public the possibility to visit the Casino and admire its splendid marble, mouldings, chandeliers, frescoes and mosaics. The villa is one of the most beautiful 18th century buildings in Rome and became home to Benito Mussolini and his family in 1925.
Eventually the villa will become a museum housing some of the Torlonia collection and documents relating to the history of the house with a collection of 19th century paintings on display on the top floor.
Visits are by booking only and groups of no more than 20 people are admitted. To book tel. 0682059127.