Villa Ada Rome

Although the Villa Borghese is Rome’s most famous park, both the Villa Ada and the Villa Pamphilj are bigger. The Villa Ada is located in the north-eastern part of the city and is best known for its annual World Music Festival Roma Incontra il Mondo. It is also called the Villa Ada Savoia.

Villa Ada Rome

Opening hours and admission

Opening hours: Sunrise until sunset. Closed: Never. Admission: Free.

History and description

Villa Ada Rome
Artificial lake in the Villa Ada Park

In the 17th century the Irish College had its seat here. Most of the area was then used for agricultural purposes. Towards the end of the 18th century the wealthy Pallavicini family acquired the land and turned it into a villa.

The Villa Ada was later owned by the House of Savoy, Italy’s former royal family. The Savoy had their residence here from 1872 until 1878, the year the park was acquired by the Swiss count  Tellfner. The count named the villa after his wife. The royal family repurchased the land in 1904, but decided to keep the name Villa Ada.

After World War II the royal family was deposed and Italy became a republic. They also lost most of their possessions, including the Villa Ada.

Part of the Villa Ada is still privately owned. The Egyptian Embassy has its seat here, but most of it has been turned into a public park. There is artificial lake and a huge variety of trees, including a rare metasequoia, which was brought to Rome (from Tibet) in 1940.

There is a swimming pool and one can rent bicycles and canoes and go horse riding.

During the summer months the Vill aAda hosts “Rome Meets the World“, an anti-racist world music festival.

Tourist attractions

Th highest point of the Villa Ada is called Monte AntennaAntemnae (“before the river”) was an old Roman village of which some archeological remains are left.

The Catacombs of Priscilla are also inside the Villa Ada.

Address and public transport

Address: Via Salaria, 265 – Rome (District: quartiere Salario). There are secundary entrances at the Via di Ponte Salario, the Via di Monte Antenna and the Via Panama. Public transport: Bus: 53. 

Villa Ada Savoia – Rome

MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art Rome

The MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art Rome (Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Roma, the name is an acronym in Italian) is an exhibition space located in the Via Nizza in Rome. The museum seat in the Via Nizza is one of two in the city, the other one being located in the Testaccio district. The museum is especially known for its temporary exhibitions.

Macro Museum Rome (Via Nizza)

Address, opening hours and admission

Address: Via Nizza, 138 – Rome (Quartiere Salario). Tel. +39 06671070425. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30 AM till 7.30 PM; December 24, 31 from 10.30 AM till 2 PM.  Closed: Mondays, December 25, January 1.lunedì, 25 dicembre, 1 maggio
24 e 31 dicembre ore 10.30-14.00. Admission: 7,50 Euro (reduction: 5,50 Euro). Rome Residents pay 1 Euro less. Free entrance for Rome residents on the 1st Sunday of the month. Roma Pass is valid. Combi-ticket Macro Via Nizza + Macro Testaccio: 10 Euros (valid for 7 days); discount: 9 Euros.

Present exhibitions at the MACRO

History and description

The MACRO Contemporary Art Museum consists of two seats. The one in the Via Nizza is the oldest one and is housed in what used to be a Peroni beer brewery. This industrial complex was designed by Gustavo Giovannoni, in the early years of the 20th century. The brewery was closed in 1971.

An initial reconstruction was completed in 1999. It consists of two main constructions connected by a smaller one, where the entrance is located. After an international competition completion of the project was awarded to Odile Decq. After the work was completed in 2010, the introduction of a new wing, tripled the available exposition space. A terrace was added, as were a bookstore, a restaurant/bar and even a parking space.

A big part of the permanent collection has spent the 20th century being moved from one museum to another. The first works were housed in the Palazzo Caffarelli and included a woman’s bust by Rodin, donated by the artist himself and the very first piece of the collection. In 1938 the collection was moved to the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna and in 1949 to the Palazzo Braschi. From 1963 until 1981, when it was closed for restoration, the collection resided in the Palazzo delle Esposizioni.

Until 1995 the collection was returned to the Palazzo Braschi, where it was kept in storage. After a brief interlude, when 150 works were exhibited in a former convent, the first parts of the present MACRO were opened to the public.

Via Nizza, 138 – Rome

Salario District Rome

Salario is Rome‘s 4th and smallest quartiere. It is named for the old Roman consular road Via Salaria, which crosses Italy to end in Porto d’Ascoli on the opposite coast.

Salario District Rome (Quartiere IV)

Salario used to be bigger but in 1926 was divided into Salario and Savoia. Savoia is the name of Italy’s former royal family. The name of this district was changed to Trieste after world war II when the Royal family was forced to abdicate.

Until the end of the 19th century, when a lot of construction work was being done in Rome, there were hardly any inhabitants on the other side of the Porta Pia, also because a big part of the area was occupied by huge villa’s like the – still existing – Villa Albani.

There are not very many tourist attractions in the quartiere Salario. Apart from the above-mentioned Villa Albani the MACRO Museum and the Catacombs of Santa Felicita are worth mentioning. The MACRO Museum is housed in an old Peroni beer brewery.

Salario (Quartiere IV)