Thursday Doors – December 13, 2018

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It’s All About The Stained Glass – The House of the Owls – Villa Torlonia, Roma

Holiday Note: I’ll be taking a one week break between Christmas and New Years so there will be no #ThursdayDoors link-up post on December 27th. For regular #ThursdayDoors participants please consider the last post of 2018 on December 20th as an invitation to do a year-end recap post of your own favorite door discoveries of the past twelve months.

Built in the early 19th century by wealthy Italian banker Giovanni Torlonia, Villa Torlonia is a grand example of Neoclassical architecture in the heart of modern Rome.

Now a museum, this palatial estate served many purposes over the years including being the official residence of Mussolini for several decades. If you’re interested you can read a bit about it below and here

Today however I thought I’d give you a peek at one of the most fascinating structures found on the estate, the Swiss style cottage know as the Casina delle Civette or House of the Owls.

Designed as a secondary residence, or perhaps a guest house that was decidedly less lavish than the main building, its name seems to come from the Owl themed decor which started to appear in its decorating scheme in the early 1900’s.

The other unique part of this building is the large variety of decorative stained glass that adorns every nook and cranny of the place.

Virtually every door or window in the house contains a work of stained glass art and some of the pieces are just stunning to behold.

Since we spent a good hour and a half walking through the place saying not much more than “wow”, I think I’ll just leave these here and let you admire for yourselves.

If Rome is on your travel list and you’re in the mood for something other than just ancient statues and ruins, an afternoon spent exploring the Villa Torlonia Estate would certainly be a worthwhile change of pace.

As always, I thank you so much for visiting.

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About Norm 2.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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69 Responses to Thursday Doors – December 13, 2018

  1. dweezer19 says:

    They appreciated birds. I love the stained glass pieces. So many owls too! That must have been a brilliant hour and a half, Norm.


  2. I thoroughly enjoyed your collection of doors which prompted me go through my photos and I realized I have photographed quite a few myself. Here’s my pic for this week.

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  3. joey says:

    I did a lot of Wowing as well. I mean, really, the stain glass is wow enough — that peacock. I had wowed a lot and then I got to the peacock and wowed harder. Really gorgeous share, Norm. I appreciate being wowed 🙂

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  4. Ohhh, my! Wow is right and not much to be added! I can just picture you going through these rooms and sighing. What precious designs on the glass of these doors! Not only I haven’t heard of this Villa before, I have no idea where it is. Well found!

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  5. marianallen says:

    Wow is right! When I grow up, I’m gonna live there.

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  6. beautiful stained glass.

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  7. Lynn says:

    These are absolutely stunning! WOW indeed! Merry Christmas Norm!

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  8. Almost Iowa says:


    Could not have said it better myself.

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  9. Sherry Felix says:

    The House of Owls is gorgeous. I love art the nouveau style. I see some of it is looks art deco. It’s a good thing it was restored..

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  10. Joanne Sisco says:

    I did my own version of ‘wow, wow, wow’ as I went from one photo to the next. My favourites were the photos of stained glass with the vines. WOW! … but then at the end there was the door at the top of the stairs with a stack of windows climbing to the left. The entire building looks like an unusual creation but that photo really highlighted it!

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Joanne. With all there is to see in Rome, places like this often get overlooked. Full credit to Louise for finding it in the first place. It was one of my favourite things we did during our 5 days there.


  11. Wow, House of the Owls is so interesting with lots of angles and character. Beautiful stained glass too! I’ll put Villa Torlonia Estate on my list.

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  12. What a gorgeous post! I need to go back and look at all these beauties again! Thanks for sharing these with us, Norm!

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  13. Wow, that would be a house for me – never enough stained glass! Even though some other designs are more intricate, I love the blue ones the most -an amazing color! Thanks for sharing this one with us:)

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  14. JT Twissel says:

    Love those stained glass windows. The villa definitely has a Swiss feeling. Have a great Christmas and New Year!

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  15. jazzytower says:

    Loves these, the stained glass doors are amazing. Sounds like a really wonderful trip Norm. Makes me long for Rome.

    I like the idea of a recap of favorite doors:)


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  16. Amy says:

    That is definitely a fascinating structure! Not only is its architecture just amazing, but, oh my goodness, all that stained glass!!

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  17. LifeAmazing says:

    I just love the stained glass.

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  18. amoralegria says:

    WOW! This is spectacular! The stained glass windows are gorgeous – maybe this should be a Thursday doors and windows feature!

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  19. Absolutely gorgeous stained glass in this post, Norm, and I love the owl theme. The Swiss Cottage is sooooooo adorable. Looks like a Sylvanian Family toy house.

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  20. Wow! Yes, a good word for these beautiful doors, and windows. I thought my favorite was the vineyard stained glass then I came to the ivy with that gorgeous coved door entryway, then the peacock, and…oh! I can’t pick a favorite!

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  21. anitashope says:

    How exquisite are these doors and windows. Great shots. Hope to join back in after the new year.

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  22. Gorgeous stained glass!

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  23. nwatkins23 says:

    I agree – the stained glass is wonderful.

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  24. scooj says:

    What an extraordinary find and those stained glass windows are incredible. One for my next visit, whenever that might be.

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  25. Dymoon says:

    beautiful doors, love the stained glass…you had to have walked many footsteps –

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  26. slfinnell says:

    Someone spared no window from being adorned. Simply gorgeous!

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  27. Ally Bean says:

    All those stained glass windows are beautiful. And the doors look so sturdy. The owls on the Owl Cottage are a fun touch. What a place to visit!

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  28. Susi Lovell says:

    What an amazing building! So many interesting doors and I love the stained glass – especially the butterflies in one. Your photos give a great impression of the place.

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  29. Dan Antion says:

    PS – WordPress seems to have dropped me off your email list 😦

    Signing up again, now.

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  30. Dan Antion says:

    These doors are such incredible works of art, Norm. I have never heard of this place, but it’s the kind of place I would like to visit. I am very impressed with the craftsmanship involved in making these doors. Whenever you have artistic pieces to mate to a door, both artisans have to get it just according to plan. You can’t trim a piece of stained glass like you can a wood panel. These are stunning examples of perfection!

    These are all beautiful, but I really like the one that is set into what appears to be a rounded dormer. The arched transom stained glass flows perfectly into the stained glass in the door. That’s amazing.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      We had never heard of the place either Dan. We found it on a website that specializes in listing lesser known tourist attractions and places of interest. It made a nice break from the standard touristy stuff that everyone in Rome flocks to.

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  31. Wow is a good word for this because it kind of leaves you speechless. These are some amazing windows and doors. I bow to the craftsmen. I went back to see which one I liked best, and that was tough because I like them all. But, those leaves cascading down do make me smile so I’ll go with them for today. Enjoyed the tour with you, Norm. 🙂

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  32. Judith says:

    Beautiful stained glass and a truly extraordinary collection of doors, all from one building. Thanks for the tour.

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