This weekend spring has arrived and the sun has been shining. Taking advantage yesterday, I spent some time at the Villa Torlonia reading and taking photos. I tried to visit here once before only to arrive too late and have it be closed (so I took a photo of the stone pines outside instead). The park was packed with joggers, families, and friends, all enjoying the Roman sun. The park itself is fantastic and a real retreat from urban Rome. You really feel like you are in the countryside and the villa is filled with all sorts of interesting structures to explore. Mussolini actually lived in the Casino Nobile from 1925 – 1943 and there are even 4th century Jewish Catacombs underground (unaccessible to the public though). I’m going to have a post about the Casina delle Civette next, but here you’ll see a few different shots from a Neoclassical temple to the bamboo grove to the portico of the Casino Nobile. Shockingly enough, this whole place was allowed to decay for decades until the late 1970s when it was decided to restore everything. Just in the past few years since I’ve been here they’ve recently finished restoring some buildings and some now function as museums. The Villa Torlonia is easy to arrive at via public transit, just take bus 90 or 36 from Termini or bus 84 from Piazza Venezia to the via Nomentana/Torlonia stop.