The Quintili Villa
The Quintili Villa –just a moment, who were the Quintili?
Sesto Quintilio Condiano and Sesto Quintilio Valerio Massimio were two brothers, famous becouse of their nobility, military prowess, wealth and brotherly love. They were consuls in 151 A.D. The Quintili gens (=family) raised to his top during the reigns of the Emperor of Antonino Pio and Marco Aurelio. The history of the family failed drammatically under Commodo, Marco Aurelio’ son, who put them to death, upon the accusation that they were part of a plot against him and sized all the brothers’ property, that bounded with the Triopio of Erode Attico. Indeed this Villa became the Commodo’s favourite residence.
The Villa in the 1800 inspired paintings and prints, the great ruins became a part of ancient Roma iconografy. The archaeological exacavations began very soon, but the first reason was to search for precious findings, therefore a part of the archaeological legacy was dispersed, just for a sample the Aphrodite Braschi nowadys is in the Munich’s museum.
Since 1985, when the State acquired 24 hectars of the area, the Villa is a public property and the Archaeological Soprintendenza (the archaeological institution) made and makes systematical excavations, that support us to “read” the monument. At the same time the Soprintendenza opened an Antiquarium (a little museum) that keeps impressive findings, therefore don’t miss a visit, moreover the staff ‘ll support you with great competence (a special honourable mention!)
The entrance to The Antquarium and to the Villa is in Appia Nuova street n. 1092
The Villa is...a town, the excavations show: thermae, public and private residential areas, courtyards and gardens, a monumental nympheum. Rich marbles adorned the Villa. Paved streets crossed the Villa and of course there was a circus.
You can enter the Antiquarium and the Villa every day (except for Monday), since 9 o’clock in the morning. The ticket has a 7 days validity and it allows the entrance to Caracalla Thermae and Cecilia Metella Mausoleum.