Villa Celimontana Tours

The Villa Celimontana and the gardens that surround it sit on one of the ancient seven hills of Rome, the Caelian Hill (Celio in Italian), and the area is a peaceful oasis from the busy city.

The villa itself dates from the 16th century, though it has been modified significantly over the centuries. It was originally called the Villa Mattei after the family for whom it was built, and housed the Mattei family’s art collection. Today, the villa belongs to the Italian Geographic Society.

The gardens around the Villa Celimontana contain some ancient Roman ruins that date back to the 1st century AD, and some of the Mattei family’s collection of ancient artifacts are now on display throughout the grounds. There’s also a relatively small obelisk in the garden that has Egyptian hieroglyphics on it.

Inside the Villa Celimontana today visitors can see some of the historic maps and other documents kept by the Italian Geographic Society. There are also rooms in the villa that have beautiful frescoes and mosaics that were added in the 17th century.

Practical Info

The Villa Celimontana is right behind the Colosseum, but it remains a largely overlooked area of central Rome. There aren’t any places to get a meal nearby, but bring a picnic in warm weather and take advantage of the gorgeous grounds.
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Address: Via della Navicella, Rome, Lazio 00184, Italy
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Private Walking Tour of Roman Churches with Skip-the-Line Colosseum Ticket

Immerse yourself in Roman history and architecture on a private tour of seven churches, some of which are off the beaten path and often missed by visitors. In addition to navigating, your guide offers little-known facts and anecdotes about the history of Christian Rome. Afterwards, breeze past notoriously long lines at the Colosseum with a pre-reserved admission ticket and explore at your own pace on a self-guided visit.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Rome by Golf Cart Private Tour

Experience over 2,500 years of history on a private, 3-hour tour through one of the world’s most popular and influential regions — Rome’s beautiful historical district. Roam the streets of this city in a comfortable, covered, street-legal golf cart — providing access unavailable on foot. This family-friendly sightseeing tour offers a narrated journey of the palaces, monuments, churches, fountains and statues that define the rich heritage of the capital and largest city in Italy.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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