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What and where to eat in Rome: Villa Pamphili

What and where to eat close to Villa Pamphili 

In the area of Monteverde, a popular quarter where many Roman citizens live.

Best Restaurants near Villa Pamphili are:

Vivi Bistrot: This cosy bistrot is located inside the public park ( entrance on Via Vitellia 102). Perfect for a break, coffee, brunch, lunch or tea time, this bistrot offers only organic food selection. If you want to have dinner you can look for other places outside the villa.

La Gatta Mangiona (Via Federico Ozanam 30-32):  the best pizza napoletana in Rome.

La Schiacciata Romana (Via Folco Portinari 36):a very simple place where you can taste the Pinza Romana

Da Cesare (Via del Casaletto 45): one of the best trattoria of Rome

Mò Mò Republic (Piazza Carlo Forlanini 10): they have a really nice garden full of rabbits and a lovely atmosphere. For a nice aperitif or elegant dinner.

If you want to taste pastries or cakes, this area has the best pastry shops are:

Cristalli di Zucchero (Via di Val Tellina, 114) and La Dolce Vita (Via Mezzenile 70).

Looking for a very special experience? book an organic gourmet picnic.
Pic-nic in Rome is the ultimate way to enjoy nature and amazing food with your travel companions.

Villa Pamphili: a little bit of history

“Villa” stands for Countryside residence  

The ‘old villa’ (Villa vecchia), already existed before Pamfilio Pamphili decided to buy the building as Family summer residence.

His famous wife, Olimpia Maidalchini, loved this suburban villa. It was surrounded by vineyards and located on top of a hill blessed by fresh air. Rome, ideed was affected by malaric contagions, so, this residence offered a better staying for the family.

In 1644 Cardinal Giambattista Pamphili became elected to the papacy. He took the name of Innocent X. In accordance with this change in status, the Pamphili aspired to a grander and more expansively sited new villa.  In conclusion, the powerful family paid for the best architects in order to restyle the building.

Casino del Bel Respiro

The Pamphili family was a family of works of art collectors. Their collection listed hundreds of statues and Ancient Roman antiquities such as vases, sarcophagi and mani others. Mostly found in the vineyards property of the Family.

To host their collection they built a Casino, known as the Casino del Bel Respiro. The casino, was designed as a complement to the Pamphili collection of sculptures both ancient and modern. It was completed only in the middle of teh 1600th. But the family and guests resided in the older Vecchia Vigna.

The architecture and the change of the name:

The Casino facades had rhythmically alternating windows and niches . Adorned with sculptures and with busts in hollowed roundels, also panels of bas-reliefs, and reliefs.

Girolamo Pamphili died in 1760 without male heirs. Few years before Prince Giovanni II Doria, married Anna Pamphili, a descendant of the Family. Therefore, Doria’s son Andrea IV claimed the property and the Pope Clement XIII accorded. Since then, the Villa changed its name in Villa Doria Pamphili.

Villa Doria Pamphili

Throughout the 18th century, features were regularly added such as fountains and gateways by Gabriele Valvassori . Moreover ,after the Napoleonic era, the villa and its gardens renewed again.

The villa and the park were also theatre of the battle for the defense of the short-lived Roman Republic in 1849–1850. In addition, the great general Garibaldi hastily fortified three of the villas on the outskirts of Rome.

In conclusion at the turn of the 20th century, Prince Doria Pamphili added Art Nouveau interiors.

Villa Corsini

In the course of the French bombardment, the prominently-sited neighboring Villa Corsini (dei Quattro Venti for its airy perch) got destroyed. In the aftermath,  prince Doria-Pamphili bought the extensive Corsini grounds, almost doubling the Villa Doria Pamphili’s already extensive grounds. So, he erected on the former villa’s site, the monumental commemorative arch, ‘Arch of the Four Winds’. However, the Corsini casina near it, Palazzino Corsini, did not harmed. To clarify, is possible to visit it for temporary art exhibitions.

Today

The Casino del Bel Respiro became property of the Italian State in 1957 and consequently used as the seat of a Ministry.

Today its collection of antiquities and sculptures is open to public as a museum.
Only in 1965–1971 the City of Rome took it over  from the Doria-Pamphilii-Landi family.

The park’s facilities include sites for bird-watching , jogging and playgrounds. The park has an area of 1.8 km².
A road built for the Olympic games of 1960, divides the grounds in two sections. In celebration of the Jubilee Year of 2000, the architect Massimo d’Alessandro built a curved and arching pedestrian bridge to join the two sections more amenably.

When to go

Villa Pamphili is open every day. In short, you can come here whenever you want just to take a walk or have a picnic for example. Likewise do some jogging or join yoga classes in the park. Most important, remember that opening hours are from 7 a.m till 6 p.m in winter and from 7 a.m till 9 p.m in summer, so you can’t visit it at night.

How to reach it

Villa Pamphili has a lot of different entrances. So the addresses are: Via di San Pancrazio, via Aurelia Antica, via Leone XII, largo M. Luther King, via Vitellia, via della Nocetta.

Obviously there are a lot of ways to get here that is to say to take the bus:  710, 870 (via Vitellia, via di Porta S.Pancrazio), 31,33,180,791 via Leone XIII), 984 (via Aurelia Antica e via Leone XIII), 982 (via Vitellia, Via Leone XIII).

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Giorgia is a local foodie and insider. She studied foreign languages and has a degree in Interpreting,translation . Meet Giorgia and join one of our events.