Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese

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Discover the Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese, which was once the home of the powerful Boncompagni Ludovisi family.

Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese was constructed during the historic reign of the United Kingdom’s famed Queen Victoria, who sat on the British throne from 1837 to 1901.

The luxurious Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese takes its name from the neighboring Villa Borghese Pinciana, a beautiful Renaissance-Era palace where the prominent Borghese family once resided for centuries. During the early-19th century, a fellow aristocratic family, the Boncompagni Ludovisi, constructed their own palace near the Villa Borghese Pinciana, including a small guesthouse that buttressed the edge of the estate. The Boncompagni Ludovisi accommodated friends and family at the guesthouse for the next several decades.

The guesthouse became a hotel in 1890, when it underwent a significant renovation. Operating as the Boston Hotel, the former aristocratic residence entertained some of the most well-known movie stars, including Sean Connery, Elizabeth Taylor, and Richard Burton. Ava Gardner and Walter Chiari hid away from the paparazzi at the hotel as their high-profile romance blossomed after costarring together in The Little Hut (1957). Even the renowned director Frederico Fellini frequented the hotel after he completed his critically-acclaimed film, La Dolce Vita (1960). By the mid-20th century, the hotel had become a popular vacationing spot for international celebrities. Today, Sofitel owns this fantastic building, running it as the Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese. Sofitel has worked to preserve the rich, cinematic heritage of the building, allowing for guests who visit to still feel the potent, glamorous presence of its illustrious clientele.

  • About the Location +
    The luxurious Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese takes its name from the neighboring Villa Borghese Pinciana, a beautiful Renaissance-Era palace where the prominent Borghese family once resided for centuries. The villa itself was designed by the renowned Italian architect Flaminio Ponzio, as well as his assistant, Giovanni Vasanzio. Much of this work was done at the behest of Cardinal Scipione Borghese, who intended to use the villa as a place to host lavish parties and to house his elaborate art collection. Today, the villa is a museum that cares for the Cardinal’s collection, which is known as the Galleria Borghese. The surrounding Villa Borghese Gardens are also open to the public and feature countless attractions to visit, like Piazza di Siena, the Terrazza del Pincio, and the Tempio di Esculapio.
  • Famous Historic Guests +
    Federico Fellini, famous film director known for such movies as La Dolce Vita and La Strada. Sean Connery, known as the first James Bond, as well as his roles in such films like Murder on the Orient Express and The Hunt for Red October. Richard Burton, famous actor known for his roles in Cleopatra and Where Eagles Dare. Elizabeth Taylor, celebrated actress known for her roles in Cleopatra and The Taming of the Shrew. Ava Gardner, renowned actress known for her roles in Mogambo, The Killers, and The Barefoot Contessa. Walter Chiari, famed actor known for his roles in Bellissima and The Little Hut.

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