Friday, September 05, 2008

Pacelli family summer villa near Rome...


This is the old Pacelli family summer villa located in the resort town of Santa Marinella, near Rome. It's a beach town northwest of Rome about 65 km and the villa, although not on the sea, is just a moments walk from a private beach, "Pirgus."
The villa was owned by the Pacelli family until just a few years ago. This summer the new owners completly restored the entire exterior. I went to the villa and met a current owner. He said it belonged to Pope Pius XII' sister and that now more than one family owns it. Amazing to think that the future Pope vacationed here and swam in these same waters.

2 comments:

humboldt said...

Who owns it?

JPSonnen said...

The one owner I met was elderly. But I did see a child open one of the windows on the upper level. The new owners are likely two families, wealthy, likely Romans and perhaps even Roman Jews.