This 18th-Century Villa Housed a Polish Nobleman—and You Can Stay There

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Located in Rome's Campo Marzio neighborhood, it's a short walk from the Piazza di Spagna.

While it may be easy to find historic residences in Rome, not all are created equal. This one exudes laid-back glamour, and masterfully integrates modern decor into the building's 18th-century bones. Whether it's an angular steel-and-glass coffee table, a light-wood breakfast bar, or hazelnut-painted walls, there are understated contemporary touches throughout the residence. Starting at $548 per night, the two-bedroom rental can host up to four guests.  

A stay allows time to fully soak up the atmosphere and design details, including a long list of attractive historic features. There are original wall frescoes, for example, as well as formidable stone thresholds, and geometric red-and-black-tile floors. Vintage French doors add charm, as does the outdoor terrace where you can sip coffee while ogling the well-placed marble statues. The kitchen is all clean lines, and along with the simple bar, it offers a spate of modern appliances, including a dishwasher and a Nespresso machine. 


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As the former home of the 18th-century Polish nobleman, Prince Stanislaw Poniatowski, the home has an intriguing backstory. A nephew of Stanislaw II Augustus, the last king of Poland, the prince played a vital role in the Age of Enlightenment in Europe. He emigrated to Italy after the Partitions of Poland near the close of the 18th century, heading first to Rome and later to Florence. 

As for the Roman neighborhood where Poniatowski settled, it has quite a history itself, including as a center of pilgrimage during the Middle Ages, thanks to its strategic location near the Tiber River and St. Peter's Basilica. During a stay here, some of Rome's most famous sights are within easy walking distance, from the Spanish Steps to Piazza del Popolo to the luxury boutiques of Via Condotti. 

Intrigued by this unique Roman residence? At Luxuryretreats.com, you can view photos, learn more details, and book a stay.