Casina delle Civette
Yes, we are still in Rome….you have not wandered into the wrong blog. It might seem a bit odd, but Swiss looking cottage actually is located in the Villa Torlonia. Named the Casina delle Civette (House of the Owls), it was built in the mid-1800s and was inhabited by members of the Torlonia family until 1938! I’d seen photos of the cottage before and this was actually my main reason for coming to Villa Torlonia. I’m really intrigued by different architectural styles and it’s so fantastic that in Rome your eye has so many different types of architecture to feast on! Apparently the house was in a bad state of repair, like so much of the park, but was restored from 1992-1997 and now looks fantastic. You can see a photo of the building in disrepair on the official Villa Torlonia website, which I suggest looking at, as it has a lot of photos and is quite informative. The building is now a museum, though I wasn’t quite sure how you enter! Anyway, it was the architecture I was after and I love the intricate brick work and stained glass. If you are looking for something different to do, definitely stop by.