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28.05.2009 11:42

Villa Aurelia rocks with Barça

David Saura (enviat especial)

David Saura (special correspondent)

After the team’s heroic victory in the Olimpico di Roma, the party moved to the Villa Aurelia, an impressive XVII century palace near to Saint Peter’s.

Players, coaches, directors, sponsors and relatives enjoyed a special celebration late into the night. The fact is you don’t do the treble every day!

From the stadium to the Villa Aurelia

After the celebrations in the stadium and the interviews with the world’s media, the team were taken by coach to the Villa Aurelia, situated in an exclusive area of Rome. There they had a late dinner in the beautiful gardens of the palace.

The players, dressed in tracksuits and casual clothes, gradually left for the Hotel Grand Via Veneto, located in the centre of the city. Very few players lasted out to the end due to the logical tiredness they all felt.

A wonderful setting

This magnificent building, dating from 1650, was owned by Cardinal Girolamo Farnese and was Garibaldi’s headquarters during the defence of the Roman Republic against the French army.

The building and the surrounding gardens were decorated for the occasion with the Barça colours and with many references to the final. Red and blue lights illuminated the façade and many banners made reference to the treble.

The party ends

As the hours passed, the celebration was boosted by the many fans that converged on the Villa Aurelia in the hope of catching a glimpse of the players. Finally, as the dawn sun made its appearance the party was replaced by the sweetest of hangovers!
Villa Aurelia rocks with Barça
Discotheque included
One of the buildings in the Villa Aurelia was furnished as a discotheque and as the hours passed it became busier and busier. The goals were shown repeatedly on a giant screen while the walls were covered with photos of the squad celebration.

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