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Villa Albani

This stunning residence, completed in 1758, was built for Cardinal Alessandro Albani, nephew of Pope Clement XI, by architect Carlo Marchionni. The Villa is surrounded by a truly magnificent Italian garden with fountains and smaller buildings.  It was here that Albani housed his prestigious Antiques collection.

However, due to the high building costs, the Cardinal exhausted all his financial resources and was therefore forced to sell, bit by bit, part of his impressive collection.
The Villa remained in the Albani family until the early 19th century, when it was inherited by the family’s last heir, Antoinietta Litta Albani, who married Prince Castelbarco.

In 1867, the Castelbarco family transferred the property to the Torlonia family, who still owns it today.

Villa Albani is open to the public by appointment only.

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