This is a true rarity—a Baroque residence whose original furniture, paintings, drapes, and decorations are still mostly intact. Italian film director Luchino Visconti used the villa for most of the interior scenes in his 1963 film The Leopard. The rooms contain intricately carved pieces of 17th-century furniture, as well as textiles and costumes from the 16th to the 20th centuries. The Room of Beauties is lined with paintings of the loveliest ladies of the day,
and the Nuns' Room with portraits of 10 Chigi sisters, all of whom took the veil. On weekends you can also visit the suites of rooms that belonged to the pleasure-loving Cardinal Flavio Chigi. The upper floors contain the Museo del Barocco, with an important collection of 17th-century paintings. The park stretching behind the palace is the last remnant of the ancient Latium forest, where herds of deer still graze under the trees. Book ahead for tours in English.
Piazza di Corte 14, Ariccia, 00040, Italy