Villa Aurelia - American Academy in Rome

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entrance to the Villa Aurelia, rome

The villa was built for the cardinal Gerolamo Farnese in 17th century (pictured above: entrance to the villa) atop the Gianicolo (or Janiculum) hill, along the Aurelian walls close to Porta San Pancrazio. The property had belonged to Pope Paolo III as part of the Farnese family vineyards. From Farnese it came into possession of Borbone of Naples, then to Giraud in 1775, in 1845 to Muti Papazzurri Savorelli, when it was used as a seat of Garibaldi's headquarter. In 1856 the villa was restored and in 1880 was bought by the north American citizen Clara Jessup, who reconstructed it and gave it the contemporary name Villa Aurelia.

Villa Aurelia, property of the American Academy in Rome
In 1911 it was sold to the director of the American Academy in Rome, William Rutheford, who reconstructed it again by the architects McKim, Mead and White. This is a private institution, and it is recognized by North American State. Now it is located in the other building standing near by (pictured below).
Academia Americana or American Academy in Rome
Villa Aurelia, property of the American Academy in Rome, from the time of its construction has assumed various names accompanying changes in ownership: Villa Farnese, Villa Borbone, Villa Giraud, Villa Savorelli, Villa Heyland.

Villa Aurelia was recently restored by Studio Einaudi architects Roberto Einaudi and Fabiana Zeli. Three decades later, a Philadelphia heiress bought the house and gardens, restored them to their original luster and, on her death, passed them to the American Academy in Rome. The restoration effort was led - on behalf of the American Academy in Rome - by Mercedes T. Bass (Trustee and Chair for the Villa Restoration), the American Academy in Rome Plant, Planning & Preservation Committee, and Cristina Puglisi (Assistant Director for Properties). The restoration project also brought to light a small stretch of the Aurelian wall in the substructure of the Villa. The Einaudi project began in 2000 and was completed two years later. By May of 2002 Villa Aurelia was again one of the most suggestive and beautiful properties in Rome.
garden of Villa Aurelia
With this reopening the Villa Aurelia in a dominating position on the crest of the Janiculum Hill continues in its traditional role, hosting cultural events organized by the Academy such as concerts and conferences. The beauty of the Villa gardens, the breathtaking view of Rome, and the variety of spaces available make Villa Aurelia an ideal location for high-level external events such as receptions, dinners and board meetings.

About American Academy in Rome

The mission of the American Academy in Rome, founded in 1894, is to foster the pursuit of advanced research and independent study in the fine arts and humanities. The American Academy in Rome awards the Rome Prize to a select group of artists and scholars, after an application process that begins in the fall of each year. The richness of Rome’s artistic and cultural legacy and its power to stimulate creative thinking served as the initial impetus for the Academy’s founding.
American Academy in Rome

Villa Aurelia - American Academy in Rome
Largo di Porta San Pancrazio I
00153, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Quartiere Gianicolense (Roma West)
Entrances: Via Garibaldi, Piazza della Rovere (salita di Sant'Onofrio)
Villa Aurelia - American Academy in Rome is Shown By "Map G Zone" As "21"
Tel: 06.5846620/3
Fax: 06.5882003
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Contact - American Academy in Rome
Address: Via Angelo Masina 5, 00153 Roma ITALIA
Phone: 39 06 58461
Fax: 39 06 5810788
New York Contact Information
Address: 7 East 60 Street, New York, New York 10022-1001 USA
Phone: 212 751 7200
Fax: 212 751 7220
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