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Villa Medici (The French Academy of Rome)

  • Viale Trinità dei Monti 1 Map It
  • Villa Borghese
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Published 06/20/2007

Fodor's Review

Purchased by Napoléon to create an academy where artists could study Italian art and put it toward the (French) national good, the villa originally belonged to Cardinal Ferdinando I de' Medici, who also laid out the immaculate Renaissance garden to set off his sculpture collection. Garden tours in English are offered, allowing you to walk in the footsteps of Velázquez, Fragonard, and Ingres, who all worked here (at what is now officially called the French Academy in Rome). The guided tour is the only way you can see the gardens and the incredibly picturesque garden facade, which is studded with Mannerist and Rococo sculpted reliefs and overlooks a loggia with a beautiful fountain devoted to Mercury. There is also a pleasant cafeteria (daily 8 am–7 pm) at the loggia level, by the Galleria del Cardinale Ferdinando de' Medici.

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Viale Trinità dei Monti 1, Rome, Latium, 00187, Italy

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Sight Details:

  • €12, includes garden tour and exhibit
  • Closed Mon

Published 06/20/2007


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