Villa dei Quintili, translated as the Villa of the Quintili, was one of the most lavish homes along the famous road that leads to Rome, the Via Appia.
In 151 AD, the main part of the Villa dei Quintili was owned by the senior officials, the Quintili brothers. Consuls under the rule of Marcus Aurelius, the Quintili brothers built their luxurious villa, complete with thermal baths, in the countryside of Rome. However, when Emperor Commodus came to power the brothers fell from favour and Villa dei Quintili became his property. It is said that this infamous emperor actually executed the brothers specifically so he could get his hands on their villa.
Today, far from the intrigues and plots of ancient Rome, Villa dei Quintili stands as a slightly more serene place; indeed it has survived in an extremely good state of preservation. The original baths are still clearly discernible, as are several of its buildings.
To get to Villa dei Quintili from Colli Albani metro stop (line A), take bus 664. On weekends/holidays, access available from Via Appia Antica (bus 118 from the Circo Massimo metro station towards Lagonegro).
Villa dei Quintili is open 9am-an hour before sunset. Closed Mondays and 1 Jan, 1 May, 25 Dec. Combined ticket (with Mausoleum of Cecilia Metella and Baths of Caracalla) costs €6 (€3 reduced).
Villa dei Quintili, Via Appia Nuova 1092, Rome
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