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Villa dei Quintili

Villa dei Quintili Review

Even in ruins, this splendid, 52-room villa gives a real sense of ancient Rome's opulence. Even today, two millennia later, it remains clear why Emperor Commodus—the villain in Gladiator—coveted the sumptuous property. To get the villa from its owners, the Quintili, he accused the family of plotting against him, and had them executed before moving in himself. He may have used the exedra for training for his fights with ostriches back in the Colosseum. Note that the villa is best included in a separate itinerary from the catacombs, being 5 km (3 miles) away and accessible by a different route.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Via Appia Nuova 1092, Via Appia Antica, Rome, 00178 | Map It
  • Phone: 06/39967700
  • Cost: €7 (includes entrance to Terme di Caracalla and Mausoleo di Cecilia Metella)
  • Hours: Tues.–Sun. 9–1 hr before sunset (last entrance 1 hr before closing time)
  • Subway: Bus 664 from Colli Albani Metro A
  • Location: Via Appia Antica
Updated: 03-19-2014

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