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Parco Villa Gregoriana

Parco Villa Gregoriana

Roman temples and roaring waterfalls set amid extraordinary scenery

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Type

Regularly open

contacts

+39 0774 332650
faigregoriana@fondoambiente.it
Overview

Woods, trails, ancient ruins, natural caves, a river swallowed by the rocks and a spectacular waterfall: all of this just a stone’s throw from Rome, in a park commissioned by Pope Gregory XVI in the early 19th century.

Loaned to FAI by the Italian State in 2002.

In the city of Tivoli, only half an hour from Rome, Parco Villa Gregoriana preserves a rich heritage, resonating with the sublime imagery that was so popular in the Romantic period. Nature, history, archaeology and craft merge in such an enthralling blend that in the 19th century this site became a must-see destination of the Grand Tour and the most popular subject in the paintings portraying Tivoli.

In 1832, on the initiative of Pope Gregory XVI, an impressive work of hydraulic engineering was undertaken to contain the unceasing floods of river Aniene. The stream was deviated in a double tunnel dug into Mount Catillo: the water, channeled in this bottleneck, increased its level and fell in the artificial 120 meters waterfall known as Cascata Grande, which is today the second highest waterfall in Italy, behind Marmore Falls.

In addition to that, the Pope created the Park that bears his name and was, for over a century, a favoured destination for artists, writers and men of culture, who disclosed its beauty to the whole world.

After World War II, Parco Villa Gregoriana became the property of the State and in 2002 it was loaned to FAI. At that time, the site was in an advanced state of abandonment and hydrogeological instability. FAI’s commitment, however, brought it back to life: in 2005, Parco Villa Gregoriana reopened to visitors, who today can immerse themselves in the most luxuriant greenery, walk through the old trails finally free from brambles, smell the scents previously buried under decades of neglect and abandonment, use all the senses to discover the 74 tree species found in the park, explore interesting relics of past eras. Among these, the highlights are the remains of the Villa of the Roman Consul Manlius Vopiscus, a sumptuous residence celebrated by Horace, and the Roman temples on the acropolis, which include the renowned Temple of Vesta.

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Visitor information
Opening hours

Parco Villa Gregoriana will reopen to the public on Thursday 1 March 2018. The opening hours are:

March: 10 A.M. – 4 P.M. from Tuesday to Sunday

April – September: 10 A.M. – 6.30 P.M., daily

1-15 October: 10 A.M. – 6. 30 P.M, daily

16-22 October: 10 A.M. – 6 P.M., daily

23-31 October: 10 A.M. – 4 P.M., daily

1 November – 17 December: 10 A.M. – 4 P.M. from Tuesday to Sunday

Last admission: 60 minutes before closing times.

Special openings: guided tours are available upon reservation during the closing period.

Closing times might be subject to variations in March and October, depending on the time of the sunset: we recommend contacting the Property (tel. +39 0774 332650) for further information.

How to get here

By car
From A24 (Roma – L’Aquila), take the exit for Tivoli or Castel Madama, then follow the signs to Tivoli, Villa Gregoriana.

By train
Trains to Tivoli leaves from Tiburtina railway station, in Rome. Check the timetables here: [link]

By coach
Take the coach leaving from Ponte Mammolo, Rome and alight at Tivoli stop.

Tickets

Tickets
FAI members
: free
Standard: € 7
Children between 4 and 14 years of age: € 3
Children under 4 years of age: free
Students up to the age of 26: € 4
Residents in the municipality of Tivoli: € 2,5
National Trust members: € free
People with disabilities + 1 companion: free
Families (2 adults + 2 children aged 4-14): €17. In case there were more than two children, admission is free starting from the third.
*with the exception of special events taking place, in which case only the price of the admission to the event will be charged

All prices are subject to variation during certain events.

Guided Tours

Guided tours for groups are available in both Italian and English for the price of € 150. Themed tours, exploring the Property under different perspectives (archaeological, historical, naturalistic) are also available for the price of € 180. Reservation is required: for further information please contact faigregoriana@fondoambiente.it

Guided tours and ludic workshops specifically designed for school groups are also available. For further information, see http://faiscuola.fondoambiente.it/

Shopping

All the purchases made in our bookshops help to support FAI’s mission

Useful advice

Baby changing tables and bottle warmers are available.

Dogs on a leash are allowed in the Park.

Accessibility

People with disabilities have free access to FAI properties.

Unfortunately, Parco Villa Gregoriana is not yet fully equipped to meet the needs of people with motor disabilities. Please contact the property for more detailed information.

WiFi

Free Wi-Fi is available.

Pic-nic area

A pic-nic area is available for school groups.

Venue hire and events

Choose Parco Villa Gregoriana as a venue for your events!

The charm of the most romantic park in Italy

Nature and history merge in a blend of perfect harmony at Parco Villa Gregoriana, just a stone’s throw from Rome. The Park offers a wide array of spaces, most of which are outdoors, available for hire and suitable for MICE and private events.

Moreover, choosing a FAI property as a location for your event you will give your contribution to the preservation and protection of the Italian heritage.

What sort of things can you do at Parco Villa Gregoriana?

Private events
Wedding receptions: the municipality of Tivoli allows civil marriages to be celebrated in the Park. Ceremonies take place in three of the most enthralling spots in the site: the panoramic viewpoint on the Grande Cascata; the ancient ruins of the Villa of the Roman Consul Manlius Vopiscus; the Acropoli Tiburtina, a charming terrace at the foot of the Roman temples overlooking the valley, dedicated to Albunea, the Tiburtine Sibyl, and Tiburnus.

The Property works together with trusted restaurants and catering suppliers to ensure impeccable service.

Business events
The Visitors’Center, an elegant building designed by Gae Aulenti, is a perfect venue for organizing meeting and presentations. Team building activities, such as gardening, are also available.

Filming and photo shooting
The picturesque charm of Parco Villa Gregoriana makes it the ideal location for photo shoots and all kinds of professional filming.

Further information
Giorgia Montesano
Tel. +39 0774 332650
g.montesano@fondoambiente.it

Choose the best space for your event
Temples Terrace

Area
130 SqM

Capacity
Celebration of civil marriages: 110 guests
Lunches and dinners: 80 guests
Buffets: 120 guests


Pic-nic area

Area
100 SqM

Capacity
Lunches and dinners: 80 guests
Buffets: 100 guests


Ancient ruins of the Villa of Manlius Vopiscus

Area
450 SqM

Capacity
Lunches and Dinners, Buffets: 200 guests

Buffets: 300 guests

Panoramic viewpoint on the Grande Cascata

Area
80 SqM

Capacity
Celebration of civil marriages: 60 guests
Lunches and Dinners: 40 guests
Buffets: 80 guests

Multipurpose Room 1

Area
45 SqM

Capacity
Buffets: 40 guests
Conferences: 50 guests

Multipurpose Room 2

Area
45 SqM

Capacity
Buffets: 40 guests
Conferences: 50 guests

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