Casino of Villa Giustiniani Massimo: Seat of Franciscans in the Holy Land

"Casino of Villa Giustiniani Massimo: Seat of Franciscans in the Holy Land" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Tuesday 12th July 2011

Villa Giustiniani Massimo is named after Marquis Vincenzo Giustiniani. Enclosed by Via Merulana, Via Manzoni, Via Tasso and Piazza St Giovanni, the park and structure were the work of architect Carlo Lombardi. This large villa was built in the beginning of the 17th century by the Giustiniani family and became a property of the Massimo family several decades later; after 1880 it was divided by the Lancellotti family. (The entrance arch of the destroyed Villa Giustiniani-Massimo survived and serves now as the entrance for the Villa Celimontana).

Seat of Franciscans in the Holy Land, Rome
Casino of Villa Giustiniani Massimo (Casino di Villa Giustiniani Massimo/ Casino Massimo Lancellotti) represents the most important example of the artistic activity in Rome in the 19th century of the so called Nazarenes, the German painters who sought inspiration in Italian painters of the early Renaissance.

In the beginning of the 19th century decoration of villa's halls and other works were conducted by a group of painters mostly of German origins from the movement "Nazzareni" leaded by F.Overbeck; they wanted to bring painting one more time to the religious themes and inspiration of the 14th century.

The building’s facades are enriched with ancient sculptures and stucco decorations depicting the eagle of the Giustiniani family and the doves of the Pamphilj family. The rooms are frescoed with scenes based on the major poems of Italian literature: Orlando furioso (Orlando Enraged) by Ariosto, Gerusalemme liberata (Jerusalem Delivered) by Tasso, and the Comedy by Dante.
Villa Giustiniani Massimo at Via Matteo Boiardo
As Carlo Massimo acquired the site in the 19th Century, the villa underwent substantial renovation, received several new frescoes and coats of arms. When the site was handed over to Prince Lancellotti, he divested the property to the City Council, meanwhile selling parts of it to the Franciscan order. Thus, a large portion of the on-site sculptures and architectural fragments were dispersed to various unknown locations. The park and villa were also badly damaged during World War II, and still, they remain among the city's most serene strolling venues.

At present the villa is a seat of Delegation of Franciscans in the Holy Land.

Casino of Villa Giustiniani Massimo: Seat of Franciscans in the Holy Land
Via Matteo Boiardo, 16
00185, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Esquilino (Termini - Via Nazionale) (Roma centro)
Casino of Villa Giustiniani Massimo: Seat of Franciscans in the Holy Land is Shown By "Map L Zone" As "10"
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 9.00 am - 12.00 pm (noon) // 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm. Sunday: 10.00 am - 12.00 pm (noon). You can visit the building in other days upon booking. Please call ahead before visiting.
Telephone: 0039 06 70495651

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