Several rooms on the first floor of the villa are open to visitors – Stalin’s study, the bedroom, and the servants’ and children’s rooms. The original interior has been preserved and it turns out to be surprisingly modest and simple. The wax figure of Joseph Stalin, with the ubiquitous pipe greets the visitors at his desk. Guided tours are held regularly (but only in Russian, so you will need to bring an interpreter or a Russian speaking friend), and you can even stay in the hotel that’s now taking up a large part of the villa complex.
The large majestic garden around the villa is a true gem – palm and cedar trees, lovely flowers, panoramic views of the mountains. The villa blends in perfectly – that’s why it was painted a deep green, precisely for camouflage purposes.