I spent a delightful day with a comrade from the States wandering Atlas Obscura’s Rome, and one of the sites we visited was the Villa Torlonia, a green space with multiple buildings not too far from Piazza Mincio. The Torlonias are a long-time Roman noble family intricately interwoven with the history of the city, and the Villa is an interesting collection.
We particularly enjoyed the Casina delle Civette, and I have the photos to prove that enjoyment. I’m a sucker for stained glass, and this house, set off from the main house by a small hill and just a few dozen meters, was immersed in it. As the title of this post implies, it felt like an idyllic space, one that a wealthy, politically involved family could retreat to after a day of wrestling with the various political factions present in any major city.