Casino (Casina) of Cardinal Bessarione

"Casino (Casina) of Cardinal Bessarione" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Thursday 7th July 2011

Casino of Cardinal Bessarione (Casina del Cardinal Bessarione) was built in the 15th century and served as a summer house of famous cardinal Giovanni Bessarione. Rare example of a Renaissance suburban villa, it stands in an area rich of testimonies of the imperial republican era. At the junction between the via Appia and via Latina, at number 7 di Porta S. Sebastiano, stands a suburban rinascimento villa, attributed to cardinal Bessarione, bishop of Tuscolo between 1449 and 1468; two late republican sepulchres have recently been found in the foundations.

Casino (Casina) of Cardinal Bessarione at Via di Porta San Sebastiano
It was used as a hospital at the beginning of the 14th century, then as a monastery and finally, in the mid 19th century, it became a country inn. Centuries later it was turned into a tavern, and then in the 30's of the 20th century acquired by the Commune of Rome, restored by Antonio Munoz, and transformed into a seat of official receptions. All the rooms have late-Gothic decorations and friezes. The admirable loggia is decorated with arches and columns.

The façade has two Guelf-cross large windows and a loggia. Inside are two large frescoes salons decorated with renaissance works. The restorations have brought back the ancient splendor of the inner decoration and the nice Italian-style garden. There are original Quattrocento door frames and fireplaces. The rooms are furnished in a style contemporaneous with the house, nothing to do with Cardinal Bessarion, which together with the garden presents an evocative picture of the idealized country life in early Renaissance Rome.

Note: The monument is closed until further notice.

Casino (Casina) of Cardinal Bessarione
Via di Porta San Sebastiano, 8
00179, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Celio (Terme di Caracalla) (Roma centro)/ Quartiere Appio Latino (Roma sud)
Casino (Casina) of Cardinal Bessarione is Shown By "Map K Zone" As "88"
Telephone: +39 06 67103833

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