Villa Madama, Monte Mario, Rome

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Villa Madama, Monte Mario, Rome

It is located on the slope of the Monte Mario facing the zone of Foro Italico. Its construction was begun by cardinal Giulio de' Medici, future pope Clement VII, according to a project of Raphael in 1516-17. It was altered by A.da Sangallo the Y., but remained unfinished. From the Medici it passed to Madama Margaret of Austria/Margherita di Parma (d'Austria), who used it as her summer residence in 1538-1550; afterwords it belonged to the Farnese, and from 1731 to the Bourbons of Naples. In 1786-1787 W.Goethe came here quite often to admire the sunsets with the view of a solitary pine on the slope of the Monte Mario. At present Villa Madama is used by the Italian Government as an accommodation for prominent visitors.

Monte Mario Which faces directly northeast and because the hill is curved the part (of the site) which looks towards Rome faces south and the opposite faces northwest . The west and the southwest lie Behind the hill so that the villa is exposed to six of the eight winds.

Even uncompleted, the Villa Madama, in Rome, Italy, with its loggia and segmental columned garden court and its casino with an open center, was one of the most famous and imitated villas and terraced gardens of the High Renaissance.

The loggia of the villa is decorated with the paintings by G.Romano and stuccoes and grotesques by G.d.Udine, designed by Raphael.

There is a splendid view of Rome from the balcony of the main facade. The beautiful hanging garden served as a model for many other gardens of Italy.

Villa Madama,
Via di Villa Madama, 194
00194, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Tel: +39 06 3691 4284
Shown By Map A Zone As "11"

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