|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Largest section of the main villa plus two cottages.
Main villa (West Wing and Ezedra Wing) - on two floors - with independent entrance, with two great terraces. Both terraces look out onto the ancient monoliths, lit at night. Ground floor: Entrance Hall * 1 full shower room, * fully equipped kitchen *living-dining room.
Mezzanine: 1 double bedroom *
First floor: 1 twin bedroom, 3 double bedroom * 1 twin (triple) bedroom (this can also be used as a large second living-room) * 1 full bathroom * 1 full shower room * 1 kitchenette on the second terrace with veranda roof.
Outside: dining and sitting outside in garden and on large terrace with awning.
Farina Cottage (on two floors): veranda for eating outside + dining-kitchen + living room + 1 bathroom + 1 shower room + 2 double bedrooms + twin/triple bedroom
Mezzaluna Cottage: (on one floor) patio for dining outside + living-dining-kitchen + 1 shower room + 1 twin bedroom + 1 double bedroom (two bed sofas in the living room)
Beautiful country house and cottages in secluded gardens on doorstep of Rome. Excellent public transport from outside the garden gate. Car is not necessary. Just 9 kilometres or 30 Min. by bus/ metro, 20 minutes by car, from historic center of Rome. We offer added car minibus service at reasonable rates. WI-FI. Swimming pool. barbecue area.
The property is divided in four self-catering residences: West wing (of main villa), Farina Cottage, Mezzaluna Cottage (not advertised: sleeps 4-6) and East Wing Suite. All are independent with independent entrances. Eastwest Wing means that East Wing Suite and West Wing are connected into one large independent unit. The park is large and offers plenty of privacy to all.
The houses are surrounded by secular pines and cypresses . They are comfortably and elegantly furnished with some antiques and paintings by past masters and modern artists working with us in our ground breaking Storygardenz project. All the units are self-catering but delicious meals and half board are provided to order under the main veranda. We have some great wines from our local wine selector’s club.
This estate belongs to old aristocratic families (Italian and English), protagonists and accessories of some decisive historic European events (Augustus, Constantine, the end of Roman Empire, the Great Lost Treasure of Jerusalem). These, and other contiguous events, are narrated in a book – but also witnessed as art, artefacts and archaeology in the garden - as part of the Storygardenz project, now funded by the EU (Seeing Stories). In short, a significant part of your entertainment and education in coming to Rome is right here, outside the doors and windows of the houses of this (story) garden.
Bernard Anson Silj, (a.k.a. DADO), born in Rome (Italy) 1948, of British father and Italian mother, educated at Harrow and Trinity College. His formative years between Britain and Italy and subsequent time as a young man, in India and Tibet, fuelled his lifelong fascination in fact and fiction, reality and nonsense (or Zen) and the workings of the mind. Between 1980-1990 successfully runs and manages his own multi-national aircraft interior design company (Nortech Ltd. London, Rome, Oslo, Seattle). In 1989, founds Laboratorio dell’Umanesimo in Rome, running residential workshops on humanistic, scientific and transpersonal subjects, with eminent thinkers. 1998 founds Belvedere Italia internet based cultural tourism in Italy. 2007 founds the European Storygardenz project, promoted by the Italian Ministry of Culture. 2012 initiates European Community storytelling project 'Seeing Stories', funded by the EU, with Scottish Storytelling Center and 4 European countries. From the beginning RVS property in Rome is developed as pilot storygardenz. In 2012 is cultural director and content curator/creator for multinational company marketing Italian luxury in the world. Here, begins to realize importance of storytelling for marketing. In the same year begins experimenting with map making and application to Google Maps (Mapzofimagination). Storyteller, lecturer and speaker in Europe and USA, author of several works including “Pedagogia e Carisma nella globalizzazione” for Sapienza University and “Carmen Via, A journey in the songlines of Italy” (Semar Press, the Hague). His latest work “The Garden of Crossed Destinies” written specifically for RVS is about to be published. In 2011 participates, as artist, in exhibition at MLAC museum Sapienza University. In 2010 interprets himself in US film directed by David Rich “Going DADO”. Is presently active in researching and writing many geo-located tales for the expanding Storygardenz project in Italy and in Europe.
Bernard purchased this villa in 1870
This property was part of a huge estate - 14,000 hectares purchased by Bernard's grandfather in 1885. It took 3 days to visit all the estate by car and contained some extraordinary archaeologiical remains and historical features. The estate is much smaller now and many of these features are now concentrated at RVS, which in the early 20th century grew to become the cultural hub of the estate, mainly by the presence of a community of eminent artists (the Convivium Romanum). Bernard has continued the tradition at RVA with contemporary artists but extended mostly into his preferred domain of history, narrative and storytelling.
This property, combines the proximity of the eternal city with a haven best suited for reunions and family groups. Storygardenz is a project developed as a search of lost time (quality time) to encourage conversation, listening and the lost art of “doing nothing” profitably - in the sense of peerless human activity originating in inertia. As backdrop to all this delightful sloth and conviviality is Storygardenz proper: an innovative mix of stories, neuro-science and art, combined playfully as a quest and historical riddle for entertainment, learning, mental expansion and improved communication skills. The stories told and illustrated in this park include: Fall of the House of Hypnos (prehistory and myth), Etruscan Song of Circular Time (legend and history), Augustus and the White hens (history and legend), The tomb of Tacitus (history), The Donation of Constantine (history), Roland, Charlemagne and Abbul Abbuz (legend and history), The Great Lost Treasure of Jerusalem (legend and history), Three Languages Grimm (fairy tale), DA DA-NEO-DA-DA (contemporary art).
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Villa Silj - and we plan to return, hopefully soon, with our children. Villa Silj rests atop an extensive relaxing garden with centennial mediterranean pine trees - a privileged setting that we found beautiful and soothing. The garden surrounds the main house and is peppered with distinct places, outdoor rooms, sculptures and sensations in a very open, welcoming way. It is well kept, green, open, tall and spacious, and unlike many important gardens, nothing in it evokes the petty will to command, to order or show off- and this we found sincerely welcoming and -truly- elegant.
Like the garden, the apartments and our hosts, Dado and Eleonora. Our apartment was a free standing two-story small building, with a porch, a dining room-kitchen, a living-room and study, a bathroom and a bedroom with one great, warm (november ) double bed with linen sheets. Upstairs-which we didn't need nor use on this occasion - there were more rooms for a further 4 adults and more children. The apartment had everything one needs to live autonomously, in good quality and good style - without pretense - and provides a spatiousness, quietness, independence, economy and ease of living which would be impossible at a hotel or anywhere in the center of Rome.
Dado and Eleonora welcomed us like friends and made us feel immediately and fully at home. They have made Villa Silj their home over the last 25 years or so and are the living representation in the depth and breadth of all the nice qualities they have put into the apartments and the garden.
Villa Silj is located in Prima Porta, which is about 20 minutes by car from central Rome. We flew in from Seville in a direct Ryanair flight to Ciampino, rented a car, drove for about 30 minutes through the G.R.A. (the acronym for the city's highway belt) to exit 3 and arrived without too much difficulty. To get to Rome, we drove 5 minutes to Saxa Rubra train station, parked the whole day for 1,20 €, bought a train ticket (1,50 € per person each way), which left us at Piazza del Popolo.The train ride is not elegant, but it is hassle-free and inexpensive, two things I would not be able to say if I had to drive to the center of Rome and park.
We spent our first full day seeing just about 10 of the 800 churches in Rome. Our second full day - we did not leave Villa Silj, and I preferred it!
For two weeks Villa Silj was our home to 3 generations, 15 of us in all and we greatly enjoyed the villa's many assets; the beautiful grounds, the cooler location in the hills above Rome with good access to all the attractions in Rome. The thoughtful hosting from Bernard and his staff; the wonderful dinners, the driving services and all kinds of local information added a lot to our enjoyment of the villa.
Villa Silj, although historic and interesting is not luxurious accommodation, but we were all comfortable and remember our time there as a wonderful holiday.
This Roman Villa was fantastic to return to after a long hot day sightseeing in Rome. We were two families with 7 teenagers and rented two of the cottages. We greatly enjoyed the BBQ and pool and the grounds were lovely. It was a perfect set up for our families. We did not have cars and traveled by train and bus in and out of Rome. It was a great adventure and made us feel like locals just a little !
8 km away from the historic centre of Rome. 40 Min by bus and metro, 20 minutes by car. Other nearby places: Seaside 40 mins away, beautiful lakes Bracciano, Vico, and hot springs 30 Min, spas, St. Peters, Vatican, Forum, Colosseum, Vallelunga, Flaminio Stadium, rugby stadium, football, soccer stadium, Auditorium, Malborghetto, Tarquinia, Viterbo, Sutri, Tivoli, Ronciglione, Etruscan groves, Subiaco,