Villa Il Cardellino – Bookwedo

9 Bedrooms
8 Bathrooms
19 Guests

Il Cardellino is ideal for lovers of style and space in the close vicinity of Rome.


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 in 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.


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 capitals, 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 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.

All bedrooms are air conditioned.

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.


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, an 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 adjacent parking area that belongs to the restaurant. 

We can also accommodate 7 extra guests in a neighbouring villa 5 minutes walk up the hill.


Any guests above 12 will pay £80 per night per guest.


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.



To check current availability View Calendar


Roma, Lazio, Italy
41.9900423999 12.5199215

Start Checkout

Request Booking

Ask a Question

This website uses cookies to improve user experience.
By using this site, you agree to all cookies in accordance with ourCookie Policy