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8km to ROME centre, WONDERFUL 10 bedroom VILLA, WiFi,all facilities,great GARDEN



Updated: 18-Oct-2016
16th century villa just outside Rome, selected by Homeaway as top level property

(PLEASE NOTE THAT THE VILLA CAN ACCOMMODATE FROM 2 to 16 PEOPLE - DIFFERENT WINGS OF THE VILLA CAN BE RENTED ACCORDING TO THE NUMBER OF GUESTS AT DIFFERENT PRICES - We can accommodate up to 18 guests at extra cost). Up to 12 guests we charge £1600 per night. Any extra guest over 12 will pay £80 per night.

This is a very special home, originally a 1st Century AD Roman residence (there are archaeological remains in the upper garden that form part of the National Collection of Archeology ain the archives of the Museo Altemps in the centre of Rome, near Piazza Navona). We have a document with full historical documentation at the villa available for our guests. The Villa has undergone several changes, from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, through to the 18th Century, when the Villa became the hunting lodge of a Cardinal from the Torlonia family, hence the name Il Cardinale. This wonderful residence has four units that can be rented together or separately. Its highlights are the two elegant reception rooms, a wonderful portico, patio, terrace and garden. There are three kitchens, two luxury master bedrooms, both with antique fireplaces, one with a bed that is bigger than a super king size bed (a Caesar size bed!), an en-suite bathroom (with a jacuzzi bath tub) and its own large terrace. One of the other very large double en-suite large bedrooms has a bathroom with shower and access to the portico, patio and garden on the ground floor. There is a further beautiful en-suite bedroom as well as three more bedrooms on the upper floor. The upstairs sitting room has a lovely antique fireplace.

The upper floor opens onto a delightful garden with an ancient Roman archaeological area, complete with comfortable garden furniture, lights, and a small cellar with a refrigerator for Summer drinks.

There are several areas for outdoor eating under spectacular Roman pine trees.

There is also a vegetable garden that is looked after by our 'ortolano', Raffaele.

On the ground floor, down a ceramic and marble staircase, there are two large reception rooms, each with a traditional fireplace, travertine marble floors, and high ceilings. One of the reception rooms, boasting two ancient Egyptians columns with Roman capitels, can be used as a dining or sitting room.

There is a very spacious kitchen, with a professional 'Ilve' gas cooker, and a large electric thermo-convection oven ideal and cooking/grilling plates for cooking at very high level.

The kitchen has a large fireplace perfect for roasting food or sitting around sipping a glass of good wine. The cellar, which is also off the kitchen, is stocked with excellent Italian wines that can be purchesed by our guests.

The rear kitchen door opens onto a functioning bread/pizza oven and a small fountain.The pizza-oven area is lit and has a seating area that allows for fun evenings for children and families making pizza. We can provide a 'pizzaiolo' to make the pizza for you.

Behind the kitchen there is a further single bedroom, with its own shower room (and separate entrance by the pizza oven).

The lower garden is wonderful, with a patio, and a portico that allow for outdoor dining, and entertaining. At one end of the large patio there is a built-in brick large barbecue and a fountain, garden lights and space for entertaining for up to 200 people. We also have an area in the lower garden that functions as a badminton court, and we provide all the necessary for playing badminton. There is a ping-pong table in the upper garden.

All around there are fruit trees and wonderfully secluded areas of the garden.

Il Cardinale is ideal for lovers of style and space in the close vicinity of Rome.

Own car recommended. However there is also public transport, two buses, 5 minutes walk away, and a train from the Settebagni station to Stazione Tiburtina and other stops in the centre of Rome only 7 minutes drive away.

There is an additional property in the upper garden. This is a lovely cottage with two further double bedrooms, shower room, kitchen, and, in one of the two rooms, a 'reversable', ingenious fireplace that can be used indoors or outdoors for cooking whilst sitting in the reserved area overlooking the vegetable garden.

The lower garden can accommodate parking for up to 10 cars. Upon special request more cars can be accommodated in the adjecent parking area that belongs to the restaurant.

More Details

Details for holiday villa Villa Il Cardinale - whole villa including Cottage in the garden, 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20, 7 Bathrooms

This is a very special home, originally a 1st Century AD Roman residence (there are archaeological remains in the upper garden, and a full historical documentation).The Villa has undergone several changes, from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, through to the 18th Century, when it became the hunting lodge of a Cardinal, hence the name Il Cardinale. This wonderful residence has four units that can be rented together or separately. Its highlights are its archaeological remains, six antique fireplaces, its elegant reception rooms, a wonderful portico, a patio, a terrace and beautiful garden. There are three kitchens, 9 bedrooms, with antique fireplaces, a luxury master bedroom with its en suite bathroom (and a jacuzzi) and terrace, another with its own bathroom and access to the portico, patio and garden on the ground floor. We have good WiFi connection everywhere in the Villa, and in parts of the garden.

  • Sleeps 20
  • 10 Bedrooms
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I was born in Rome, live and work in London, and inherited Villa Il Cardinale from my parents three years ago. I am now looking after this wonderful property continuing the family tradition of hosting guests from all over the world with ethusiasm and in style. I WAS SELECTED AS AN EXEMPLARY OWNER BY HOMEAWAY. WE ASSIST OUR GUESTS WITH SPECIAL ATTENTION AND CARE.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would love to visit again.

We had a splendid time and the family saw a great deal of Rome, including my old schools (!), Galleria Borghese, Pincio, Pantheon, Forum, Colosseum, Maxxi Gallery, Museums (we did get to see Livia's room) and lots more on foot. We drove out to Hadrian's Villa but sadly the Acque Albule nearby closes at 6.00 (?); we also drove up to Villa Lante and swam in Lago di Vico. As you told us, driving into town was fine and we were always able to park - but then, it was August.
Jul 2012
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41 Reviews

based on 41 holidaymaker reviews


Home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Villa Il Cardinale as part of one of Marina's yoga retreats. From the moment we started to ascend the bel poggio toward the villa, I felt like I was coming home. Super comfortable. Steffania's infectious smile and warm hospitality. Cooking meals and dining together and hours of yoga made it a perfect retreat for the week.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful, warm and welcoming stay

  • 5 of 5

I stayed in the villa as a part of a fitness and yoga retreat and was incredibly impressed by the building itself - it has age, style, a sense of family and warmth of welcome. Marina and Stefania made us all welcome, settled and we were fed with beautiful local food. I cannot recommend the Villa highly enough for any type of trip to Rome - it is a special place.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Roman Villa dream!

  • 5 of 5

The property is lovely and any shortcomings are compensated by the fantastic service provided by owner and staff.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful place, full of character

  • 5 of 5

I had a very enjoyable short stay at Villa il Cardinale: the property is well-maintained, full of history and there are lovely personal touches throughout the house. Beautiful garden and great location. I was made to feel very welcome and would definitely come back.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A magical wedding and stay

  • 5 of 5

Dear Marina,

Russ and I want to begin by giving you a heartfelt "thank you" and to your staff. Our stay at your villa was a magnificent experience. From the history of the villa, to the artifacts, to the gardens, to the pizza night, to the coziness of every room, we felt right at home. There was so much to see and explore throughout the property. Our family and friends still talk about the villa and were blown away by your history lesson of the property.

Every suggestion you and Morena made to make our event run smoother was perfect as it made our lives easier. Our wedding has been called "the wedding of the century" by our guests, but that's only because you and your team handled everything so well and were always willing and ready to assist in any way or form.

We highly recommend that other people stay at Villa il Cardinale or have their next event there where you will get the real Roman experience in this lovely home. We are forever grateful for your hospitality and hope to stay there again soon.


Russ & Angie Glauber

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Review of Villa Cardinale

  • 5 of 5

A beautiful property and grounds.

The owner has managed to maintain the historic ambience whilst simultaneously creating a modern and comfortable home away from home.

The personal touches really add to this character, family photos, filled bookshelves, candles and ornaments.

A high point was the fascinating tour around the villa, given by the owner herself, again adding to the homely atmosphere. It was very informative and gave the history of the villa over the centuries.

The food provided was absolutely delicious, and the 'pizza night' was also a wonderful idea. Different dietary needs were taken into consideration on all the food provided.

I would absolutely recommend the property to a friend, and would definitely return myself.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review! It was an absolute pleasure to host you and I very much look forward to being able to have you as our guest again. What fun and pleasure it will be! Marina and Stefania and the staff at Villa il Cardinale
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From the Owner

Villa Il Cardinale is a very special residence, that makes its guests feel at home from the moment they walk in. It is very close to Rome, only 8 km from the centre, and yet it feels like a country home, with its beautiful gardens and its location at the bottom of a hill. The VIlla has a rich history and my family have loved looking after it. It is very much a family home, with all comforts and a real soul. It is great to be able to share its beauty with our guests.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Ciampino and Fiumicino at 18 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Ristorante Bel Poggio Nearest Ferry : Fiumicino at 18 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Olgiata at 6 Kilometres Nearest Train : Settebagni; Tiburtina; Saxa Rubra; Termini (Rome) at 3 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Motorway to Florence, exit 9 ring road (GRA) at 1 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Bel Poggio Nearest Ski : Terminillo at 91 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Ostia; Fregene; San Nicola; Santa Marinella; at 50 Kilometres Car: recommended

Villa Il Cardinale is located right by a green hill, Bel Poggio, off Via Salaria, North of Rome, exit 9 when driving towards Roma from the motorway or form the aiports.The centre of Rome is only 8 Km away, and the nearest train stations, Settebagni and Saxa Rubra, are only 5 minutes drive. It is possible to park the car by the stations and take the train to the centre of Rome, Piazzale Flaminio, or to one of the main stations in Rome, Stazione Tiburtina. The Villa is situated opposite an excellent restaurant, Ristorante Bel Poggio, that can also cater for our guests at the Villa.

Up the hill, 10 minutes walk, there is a tennis club, Club Bel Poggio, with a swimming pool, open air in Summer and covered in Winter, open from 10 am to 7pm (prices - to be paid directly to the Tennis Club-Mon-Fri €10 for the whole day; €8 half day after 2pm; week-end €13 for the whole day; €10 after 2pm). The Club also includes tennis courts, a playground, a small gym, a restaurant and a coffee bar. The ringroad, the GRA, is very close to the the Villa, making it possible to travel to other sites outside Rome without entering the city and thus avoiding the urban traffic.There is a large shopping centre, Porta di Roma, 10 minuets drive from the Villa. The closest inhabited area is called Settebagni (it takes its name from the Seven Cisterns, Sette Bagni, that used to provide water for the gardens of Villa Il Cardinale in the 1st Century AD!) is 5 minutes drive away, and it has groceries, a pharmacy, a church, a doctor's surgery, an optician, a dentist, a patisserie, a newsagent, a great supermarket, and small shops for all daily necessities.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Special Offer Autumn 2016
30 Oct 2016 - 12 Nov 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
13 Nov 2016 - 30 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas and New Year
15 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
7 Jan 2017 - 11 Jan 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 14 guests; add £80 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Utilities, cleaning £500
Refundable Damage Deposit £800


The price quoted is for the whole villa. A portion of the villa can be rented for a lower price.
A security deposit of 50% is required at the time of booking the property. This can be paid by electronic transfer or credit card.
A 1 FAMILY discount can be applied.
Individual parts of the property rent separately.

High season:
April 1– November 4
Christmas/ New Year/East

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From the Owner

The ancient Roman ruins in the upper garden are truly special. The villa used to be the home to a Roman family in the 1st century AD. Its history is overwhealming and it will make you fall in love with the villa adding a special flavour to its other wonderful features. We have the full record of its history, and a fascinating archaeological report that is available to our guests. The Villa has also been used by artists as an inspirational residence. We are very attentive with our guests, establishing a personal contact with them and ensuring that we fulfill their special requests and ensure the perfect stay.

Property Type

  • villa

Accommodation Type

  • Hotel


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Computer Available ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Mosquito Magnet
  • Parking ...
  • Printer
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Jacuzzi

Onsite Services

  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeping
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • town


  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting

Floor Area

  • 450 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Jacuzzi, Bidet
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Bathroom 4 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 5 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet
  • Bathroom 6 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Bidet
  • Bathroom 7 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • One of the bathroom has a jacuzzi bath tub


  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed, 1 Single Bed
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 6 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom 7 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 1 with a bed bigger than Super King Size, Caesar Bed - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Bedroom 10 - 1 Double Bed, A reception room on the ground floor also used as a bedroom
  • Bedroom 9 - 1 Double Bed, This is a bedroom on the 1st floor with a shared bathroom
  • Bedroom 8 - 1 Single Bed, A small bedroom on the ground floor en suite + own entrance
  • There is a separate cottage in the garden, with two double bedrooms, its own bathroom (with shower), a kitchen and dining room, and its own fireplace.


  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Porch Furniture
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Yard
  • 1 bicycles
  • 30 garden chairs
  • 12 deck chairs


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • We work with an event and wedding planner who works on a top international level. We specialize in organising events, weddings, catering or a simple dinner at the Villa, as well as a pizza night, ideal for children, using our own pizza/bread oven. We can also plan your guided trip to Rome in one or two limousine, each carrying up to 7 people. We also regularly organise great yoga retreats with internationally renouned teachers and we are happy to welcome more teachers and more yoga retreats. Plese see reviews.

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