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Villa Farnese is a state-owned museum but far enough off the beaten path to attract relatively few sightseers compared with the more famous Villa d'Este in Tivoli. Visitors are admitted in groups led by docents who usher them around without describing the villa's features; there's little in the way of printed information in English; and some tours don't include the garden on the hill behind the villa with its exquisite fountains and summer house, or casino. The lack of explanation in English frustrates some. -- Susan Spano Read more:
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Aventine rose garden is home of the prestigious Premio Roma, an internationally renowned rose competition held annually in May. The 2.5-acre municipal garden is the progeny of Pennsylvania-born Countess Mary Gayley Senni, who donated her rose collection to the city in 1924. It occupies a flank of the Aventine Hill overlooking the Circus Maximus that served as the city's Jewish cemetery from about 1650 to 1900 commemorated by the menorah-shaped landscaping of the garden's upper section. It now has 1,000 varieties of roses, including one with green blossoms from China and Condesa de Sástago, Spanish winner of the first Premio Roma in 1933. -- Susan Spano Read more:
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On March 17, 1861, Italy was unified and declared a kingdom under Victor Emmanuel II. In honor of this 150th anniversary, we've scoured Los Angeles Times travel stories, reader photos and the Web for photos of destinations across the country.