Villa il Cardinale

Bel Poggio, Rome
+39 347 2715424 / +44 (0)7887 710607

Vast house on an ancient Roman site with big terraced garden and pool. Grand yet homely, with air-con and only 8 km to the city


10 bedrooms


Sleeps 12

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

On the site of a 2000-year-old Roman villa, you will sense the city’s powerful layers of history. In the lovely terraced gardens, artefacts, stone walls and mosaic floors peep out of the pavement; in the house, two ancient Egyptian columns with Roman capitals grace the salon. The ‘modern’ house, much transformed over its six centuries, was a cardinal’s hunting lodge in the 1780s and is now a much-loved family house full of beautiful memories with space for up to twenty. Marina, who lives mostly in London, grew up here and hopes to be around when you arrive; otherwise delightful Stefania will show you the ropes. There are two huge, grand living rooms – fireplaces, chandeliers, giant mirrors, tapestries, period portraits – and a big well-fitted kitchen with the original flavour of antique pieces, wooden tables and painted tiles – the actual cooking is done in another area. Each bedroom is different, some vast and grand-style, others more modest, all comfortable, and the seven bathrooms, though not super-modern, are perfectly good. Among the greenery, you are in Rome and near the sea. Glorious.


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Tel. +39 347 2715424 / +44 (0)7887 710607 (mobile). Minimum stay: 3 nights. 3 nights in high season. Short breaks available. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Restaurant over the road.


Nightly price
from €929
Weekly price
from €6500
Damage deposit
Dinner, B&B €50-€120 per person. Extra bed/sofabed available €80-€560 per person per week.
1 House for 12
From €92910 bedrooms


We stayed here for one week on a family vacation. We are a fairly demanding family when we travel and the property owner and staff tended to all of our needs and went out of their way to ensure that our stay was as enjoyable as it could be starting from home made pizza night to getting us reservations at some of Rome’s most coveted restaurants. We absolutely recommend this beautiful villa for anyone looking to stay in Rome.


We had a wonderful 5 days staying .We were a family of 8 (my wife and I, our adult, children, their partners and friends). It was the perfect location for us on a hill abut 20-25 mins from the centre of Rome by car. The Villa has old world Rome charm it contains an exotic mix of elements from the splendour of Italian glass chandeliers to original ancient Roman columns and other ! Our host Marina also took care of every detail before our arrival and could not have been more helpful. Marina also arranged for Stefania, the housekeeper to come in every morning to prepare breakfast and make up the bedrooms. We had a memorable time at Villa Calli and will return in the years to come.


My family of 16 people rented Villa il Cardinale from December 16-26. My (now) wife and I decided to get married in Rome and needed to find a place that could accommodate our families. Let me just say that, without a doubt, staying at this Villa was one of the best decisions of our lives. The Villa's owner is responsive and flexible. She was ever-patient as she dealt with the evolving needs of my family, including my 85 year old grandmother who had never traveled abroad, and the "no-fail" requirements associated with wedding events. I spent about two years living in Rome and have visited this magical city many times. This trip was by far my best experience--all made possible by our stay at the Villa. There is no way our family would have had this great experience if we rented hotel rooms. Our stay at the Villa was amazing.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Marina Wallace

  • Very close to the centre of Rome
  • Centre of Rome 15 minutes drive or by train
  • Tivoli Villa d'Este, Villa Adriana 40 minutes drive
  • Seaside 30 minutes drive. Bracciano Lake 35 minutes drive
  • Umbria, Tuscany, Florence between two and three hours drive, or an hour and a half by train
  • Naples, Pompei, Herculaneum, Paestum three hours drive or an hour and a half by train