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Villa Aldobrandini

  • Via Cardinale Massaia 18 Map It
  • Frascati
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Published 06/07/2016

Fodor's Review

Frascati was a retreat of prelates and princes who built magnificent villas, the most spectacular being the 16th-century Villa Aldobrandini, which dominates the town's main square from atop its steeply sloped park. The villa isn't open for touring, but the garden is a public park where you can stroll sweeping pathways lined with stone balustrades, box hedges, and the Baroque Teatro d'Acqua—the sort of showy sculpture group with water features that was a must-have garden adornment for every 16th-century millionaire, in this case Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini, Pope Clement VIII's favorite nephew. The half circle of sculptures of mythical figures that adorn the "theater" reflect the grandeur and wealth of a prince of the church who thought nothing of diverting the entire water supply of the surrounding area to make his fountains perform. These days the fountains only play on special occasions. The villa is often rented out for private receptions; the gardens may be closed at these times.

Sight Information


Via Cardinale Massaia 18, off Via del Tuscolo, Frascati, Latium, 00044, Italy

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Closed weekends

Published 06/07/2016


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