We are pleased to present this property, unique for the natural beauty and archaeological importance of its location, the history of those who lived and who has been in it. Belonging in the past to the famous cinema producer Carlo Ponti, married to Sophia Loren, the property has also hosted numerous Hollywood stars such as Kirk and Michael Douglas, Charlton Heston and Laurence Olivier, during the filming of some American colossal. Situated on the Via Appia Antica (Ancient Appian Way), the famous Roman era archaeological park, about 300 meters from the Tomb of Cecilia Metella, and only 10 minutes from the Colosseum, this property collects and preserves some archaeological findings, unique and now impossible to find. The property is harmoniously inserted inside the Appia Antica Park with its private garden planted with trees and flowers that make it shine in all seasons, enriched by the heated pool. The manor house measures 580 sqm.
LOCATION & LIFESTYLE
The Appia Antica Park is like a wedge that, starting from the Castelli Romani creeps into town and brings its bucolic atmosphere almost in the center of Rome, stopping at the ancient Aurelian walls which surrounded Ancient Rome. Without any doubt it is a privileged location, chosen even by the emperors and the Roman aristocracy who built here their villas and palaces. In the 50s and 60s of the twentieth century along the initial stretch of the "regina viarum" there were realized exclusive villas which became the residence of the high society of the capital. The possibility of reaching on one hand the Colosseum and the historical center and Ciampino airport in literally 10 min on the other make the location very convenient for any need. Moreover, with due permission a private helicopter can land on the big lawn located within the walls of the property itself. Three entrances on three streets (even from the Appian Way that is the residence address) make it extremely advantaged roads, the same viability that sometimes instead penalizes villas located here.
The Appia Antica Park is also protected from the point of view of landscape and urban planning that allows him to preserve the beauty and the unique atmosphere that will never change over time. Roman Empire, so famous for his streets, knew no one more important than the Via Appia Antica. Along its initial stretch that starts from the Porta Capena and the Terme of Caracalla it is dotted by mausoleums, tombs, churches, such as the famous Quo Vadis, remnants of the old villas, impressive mausoleums, towers and tombs, including the famous Christian catacombs. The archaeological and historical wealth gives the important cultural life to its present occupant enriched by natural importance of the place full of courses of all kinds: by bike, on horse, on foot, guided or not. Only 5 minutes from the property is the Circolo del Golf di Roma Aquasanta and the Capannelle racecourse is only 14 min. away. Castel Gandolfo, famous for the Pope's summer residence, astronomical observatory and the crater lake of rare beauty where you can practice many water sports is only 18 km away, as well as other towns in the beautiful Castelli Romani (Roman Castles).
This villa is on two floors connected by a beautiful staircase and a lift. The main entrance is represented by an atrium with an ancient vault ceiling made of famous Roman concrete with an impressive mosaic on the floor made with genuine cards from Roman times, judging from the classic floral design. An additional entrance on the ground floor is located in an oval room leading to great representative area formed by the sequence of three living rooms of different sizes and an ancient roman room in tuff with vaulted ceilings and mosaic floor, still with the roman original tiles that form a beautiful and sensational depiction of Medusa's head. No doubt, it is a space worthy of anyone who is your guest. It was used by the owners as a dining room having an additional convenience, external access from the courtyard between the Via Appia Antica and the villa. The ground floor is characterized by large glass door-windows that connect directly with the charming front patio, furnished to enjoy the fantastic moments in complete relax and to eat outside enjoying the garden view. The living area opens to a particular and evocative views of unique charm, which ranges over the park and the small valley below the villa which is situated in panoramic position. The kitchen, guest bathroom and other service spaces are located on the ground floor.
On the first floor there is a beautiful library with access to the terrace overlooking the Via Appia Antica (Ancient Appian Way). The sleeping area consists of 4 bedrooms with bathrooms and wardrobe area. The master suite consists of antechamber, a living room, wardrobe area, two windows and the door into the terrace overlooking the garden and the park. It concludes the spaces of the first floor a beautiful winter garden dating back to the fifties, completely glazed.
The house boasts seven fireplaces and numerous antiques from various eras such as statues, busts, bas-reliefs that adorn donating unique character, underlining the unique atmosphere of its location.
The property includes a large garage and service apartment.
The villa is based on an old basalt quarry, in Roman times used for flooring and roads, so it dominates the surroundings offering beautiful panoramic views. The quarry has created a gradient going down under the house forms a small and beautiful valley, called by the owners the secret valley for his amazing character. The villa has a beautiful patio where you could enjoy lunch and dinners outside. Just in front there is a heated swimming pool where you can swim even in winter taking in consideration the mild roman climate. In the property there are more than a hundred statues, tubs, marble artifacts of an enormous value, no longer available on the market. The garden with many