Villa Ada

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View of Villa Ada.
Isle in Villa Ada's lake.

Villa Ada is a park in Rome, Italy: with a surface of 450 acres (1.8 km2), it is the second largest after Villa Doria Pamphili.[1] It is located in the northeastern part of the city. Its highest prominence is Monte Antenne,[2] 67 m (220 ft), an ancient archeological site.

History[edit]

The wooded expanse was owned by the Italian royal House of Savoy in the latter half of the nineteenth century; it contained the royal residence (1872–1878). In 1878 the area came under the control of Count Tellfner of Switzerland, who named it in honor of his wife Ada.[3] The royal family regained control of the land in 1904 but did not change the name. They retained control of the area until 1946.

Present status[edit]

As of 2009 the area contains both public and private areas. The public area is controlled by the Council of Rome; the private area is controlled by the Egyptian Embassy, although the Town Council has made a formal claim to take control of the whole area.[4] The private portion is under constant patrol by police or army personnel.

Activities[edit]

The public portion of the park is much larger than the private area. It contains an artificial lake and many trees, including stone pines, holm oaks, laurels and a very rare metasequoia, imported from Tibet in 1940. Entrance to the park is free. One may rent canoes, bicycles, or riding horses. There is a large swimming pool.[5]

Since 1994, during the summer the park hosts the world-music festival and the "Roma incontra il mondo" (Rome meets the World) festival, against racism, war and death penalty.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.romecentral.com/article_list_singleeventpage.php?id=93&title=Villa%20Ada Rome Central (website), accessed 28 Sept. 2009
  2. ^ Antenne means before the river in Latin (Rome Central)
  3. ^ http://www.nileguide.com/destination/rome/things-to-do/villa-ada/579484 Nile Guide (website), accessed 28 Sept. 2009
  4. ^ Rome Central
  5. ^ Rome Central

Coordinates: 41°55′55″N 12°30′05″E / 41.932039°N 12.501497°E / 41.932039; 12.501497