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Roman Villa, swimming pool, BBQ, 6 bedrooms, weddings, events, yoga retreats

Bedrooms 10
Space 5,381 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1stC AD to 16thC historic, elegant Villa only 8km from the centre of Rome

We have a swimming pool, an outdoor, covered Shala for yoga retreats, and we offer services according to the needs of our guests for weddings, corporate events, and more. THE VILLA CAN ACCOMMODATE FROM 2 to 12 PEOPLE - DIFFERENT WINGS OF THE VILLA CAN BE RENTED ACCORDING TO THE NUMBER OF GUESTS AT DIFFERENT PRICES.

Up to 12 guests we charge £1300 per night. There is a slight increase during the high season. Any guests above 12 will pay £90 per night per guest.

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.We have a swimming pool in the upper garden.

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

Marina Wallace
Member since: 2009
Speaks English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 August, 2018

About Marina Wallace

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 enthusiasm and in style. I WAS SELECTED AS AN EXEMPLARY OWNER BY HomeAway. We assist our guests with special attention and care.

Marina Wallace purchased this villa in 1960

Why Marina Wallace chose Rome

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 house, 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.

What makes this villa unique

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 overwhelming 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 fulfil their special requests and ensure the perfect stay.

Guestbook comments from the owner

........Continued from the previous review...Magical Authentic Relaxing Embrace of Rome PART 1 - there is so much to say!!!

..... While the Villa is, indeed, magical, what made this visit sing (for such a large group who wanted to stay and be together) was the incredibly helpful, resourceful, detail-oriented, and dedicated (but not intrusive) staff. In addition to all the advice and on-call help, they arranged all the transportation (from the airport) and two comfortable and clean vans every day with excellent, accommodating, and FLEXIBLE drivers.  If we changed our minds about a plan, Stefania was instantly reachable on WhatsApp and she and the wonderful local caretaker, Francesco, presto- worked out all the new details.  Knowing that our time in Rome was short, they cared and wanted each day (whether it was central Rome, the Colosseum, the Vatican, or Herculaneum) to go smoothly for us.  Marina and her staff, particularly Stefania, were there for us every step of the way, from grocery shopping and pre-stocking the villa to helping us with a forgotten passport issue and delivering (after another long touring day) the MOST incredible, homemade minestrone soup we have ever had. I am Italian, and take pride in my minestrone, but Stefania has me beat by MIGLIA!  

Get thee to Roma and the Villa Il Cardinale! 

Denise Clinton and Family
Jun 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Rome in Metropolitan City of Rome

Property Type:
  • villa (detached)
Accommodation Type:
  • Hotel
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5381 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 13:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 13:00
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Children are welcome. We have 3 fully equipped cots and three high chairs. The swimming is good for kids. We also have a ping pong table
  • Smoking always outdoors
  • No pets unless agreed with owners (we have cats in the garden)
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • near the sea
  • town
  • 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
  • seating for 14 people
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • 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 12
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Jacuzzi
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Housekeeping
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • 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
We can provide concierge service on request. We also work with an event and wedding planner at top international level. We specialise 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 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 renowned teachers and we are happy to welcome more teachers and more yoga retreats. Please see our wonderful reviews.


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Roman Villa, swimming pool, BBQ, 6 bedrooms, weddings, events, yoga retreats
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Beautiful, charming, and comfortable! Who could ask for more.

  • 5 of 5

My family and I just returned from a marvelous vacation at Villa Il Cardinale in Rome. What a unique property it is and how very comofrtable and contented our group of 15 were for our entire stay. Thanks to the property itself, which was gorgeous and very much of a "one of a kind" home, and the attentiveness of Villa Owner Marina Wallace and her staff, our every need was addressed. The lit fireplaces were indeed "magical," as they had been described, our master bedroom was fit for an emperor (indeed we could probably have fit a half a dozen or so people in the bed itself, the gardens were charming, and the entire ambiance of this "gem from another era" captivated us all. Just a short distance from downtown Rome, the villa provided a quiet, tranquil spot in which we could relax after an exciting day (or night) in "The Eternal City." Everyone in our family hopes to return to the Villa again, someday, and there is no better compliment than that!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review! We would love you to come back and stay again, please! All the very best for now... Be in touch! Come back! Marina and Stefania and everyone at Villa il Cardinale
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A wonderful getaway

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the villa on a yoga retreat and it was absolutely beautiful. The rooms are luxurious and comfortable and the gardens are lovely. The whole place is kept to a very high standard and everyone we dealt with was so helpful. Would definitely come back!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks, Adam, for your lovely comments. We certainly look forward to having you again at the next retreat! Very best Marina and Villa il Cardinale
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Another fantastic weekend at this beautiful Villa

  • 5 of 5

Was great to be back hosting my yoga retreat at Villa Il Cardinale. Once again everything went perfectly from the start.

All my students loved the house and beautiful gardens. Once again we were made to feel very welcome by Marina and Stefania, who offered great support all round. It very much felt like a home from home. Everything was effortless and we all had a fantastic time.

I really couldn't have asked for more and l'm looking forward to being back next year.

Thanks Marina and Stefania!


  • Review Submitted: 15-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A lovely way to visit Rome. RELAX and then, GET THEE TO ROME!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay could not have been more magical. More to come...

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Denise, it has been a joy having you stay, and we look forward to the "full" review and photos.... Love Marina and Il Cardinale P.S. We also look forward to your next visit for a yoga retreat with your friends....
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  • 5 of 5

Marina è eccezzionale e molto disponibile, Stefania che gestisce la casa è molto ma molto affettuosa e disponibile anche lei. Posto molto bello e assolutamente tranquillo.

  • Review Submitted: 19-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Magnificent stay in a magical Rome villa

  • 5 of 5

Dear Marina and Stefania,

We wanted to let you know what a fantastic time we had at your very special home. Thank you so much for making our stay in your magnificent home so comfortable, fun and lovely. All of the thought and planning you put into our stay did not go unnoticed and was very much appreciated. The recommendations you made were fantastic — from the in-home catered dinner by Bel Poggio, to the preparation of the magnificent fires, to the fun pizza evening and the wonderful driving services of Eleonora and crew. And knowing that Stefania was just a Whatsapp message away was also incredibly helpful. We also really enjoyed Francesco! It was a perfect place to both enjoy the holiday and time together while also having quick and easy access to all that Rome has to offer. It was a special trip for our family and we will all remember Villa Il Cardinale fondly.

Best wishes to you both for a very Happy New Year!

With gratitude,

Cynthia, Jamie and family

  • Review Submitted: 27-Feb-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18 Kilometres
Ciampino and Fiumicino
Nearest Barpub
Ristorante Bel Poggio
Nearest Ferry
18 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Nearest Train
3 Kilometres
Settebagni; Tiburtina; Saxa Rubra; Termini (Rome)
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Motorway to Florence, exit 9 ring road (GRA)
Nearest Restaurant
Bel Poggio
Nearest Ski
91 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Ostia; Fregene; San Nicola; Santa Marinella;
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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Rome, Rome & Lazio

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
15 Jul 2018 - 15 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn & Winter
16 Sep 2018 - 14 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas & New Year
15 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
7 Jan 2019 - 10 Mar 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
11 Mar 2019 - 31 May 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer 2019
1 Jun 2019 - 15 Sep 2019
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 12 guests; add £90 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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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