Villa Medici - Académie de France à Rome (Academy of France), Rome

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Villa Medici - Académie de France à Rome (Academy of France), Rome

It was built on the site of ancient Villa di Lucullo, property of Empress Messalina, a wife of Emperor Claudius. In the 5th century it became property of the Acili and of the Anici families. It was reconstructed by A.Lippi for the cardinal Ricci di Montepulciano in 1564. Later it passed to the Medici family and later still to the Great dukes of Tuscany. The villa was modified by B.Ammannati for the Medici, who here housed their famous collection of ancient Roman sculpture, the masterpieces of which are now in Gallery of Uffizi, Florence. In 1803 Napoleon, the new owner, had Académie de France à Rome (Academy of France) transferred here. The Foundation, managed by the French Ministry of Culture is set in the Pincio, in the beautiful villa of cardinal Ferdinand De' Medici , dating back to the 16th century.

The Academy was founded in Rome in 1666 by Louis XIV; students who win the Prix de Rome at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris for painting, sculpture, architecture, engraving or music are sent to study here for three years at the expense of the French Government. Villa is also famous for the fact that Galileo was confined here by the Inquisition in 1630-1633.

The building is noted for its inner facade decorated with the fragments of ancient statues, medallions, bas-relieves and columns. The beautiful garden reaches the Aurelian wall and its towers are occupied by studios of artists.
Villa Medici - Académie de France à Rome (Academy of France, Rome)
In front of Villa Medici is a fountain put here by the order of cardinal Alessandro de'Medici, future Leo XI, in the beginning of the 17th century and executed by A.Lippi. The fountain is in form of a granite basin and is characterized by a big cannon ball, which is said to have been shot from Castel Sant'Angelo in direction of Villa Medici by Queen Christina of Sweden, when late for an appointment here with the painter C.Errard the Younger, she wanted demonstrate her punctuality.

Villa Medici - Académie de France à Rome (Academy of France) Hours:

Guided tours to the gardens of the Villa, the Studiolo di Ferdinando de' Medici, and the plaster casts gallery:
October-March: Monday-Sunday: 10.45 am, 11.45 am, 12.00 pm (in English), 2.00 pm, 3.00 pm, 4.15 pm;
April-September: Tuesday-Sunday: 10.45 am, 11.45 am, 12.00 pm (in English), 3.00 pm, 4.00 pm, 5.15 pm, 6.30 pm;
Last admission 1/2 hour before closing time;
Temporary exhibitions: Tuesday-Sunday: 10.45 am - 1.00 pm // 2.00 pm - 7.00 pm;

Monday-Thursday: 10.00 am - 6.30 pm; Friday: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm;
Info: tel. +39 066761263;
A reduced timetable applies in August and during Christmas and Easter vacations. The Library is reserved to fellows of the Academy of France. Upon reservation and subject to availability: art historians, members of other academies in Rome, students of art history, musicologists and architects.

Electa Bookshop:
Tuesday-Sunday: 11.00 am - 7.00 pm;
Info: tel. +39 0669923536, email:">;

Villa Medici - Académie de France à Rome (Academy of France, Rome)
Viale Trinità dei Monti, 1
00187, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Campo Marzio (P.Spagna-P.Popolo-Pincio) (Roma centro)
Accademia di Francia - Villa Medici is Shown By "Map E Zone" As "21"
Telephone: 0039 06 67611
Fax: 0039 06 6761305
Web site:

You can reach Viale Trinità dei Monti By the following Bus Station:
(Know before you go: Rome Bus stops, Bus Lines, Signs, Color, etc.)
590, risorgimento

Closest Railway stations near Viale Trinità dei Monti:
STAZIONE FLAMINIO, Di Villa Ruffo (via), 1, 496 mt. away
ROMAVITERBO EUCLIDE, Filippo Civinini (via), 1.0 km away
STAZIONE TERMINI, Dei Cinquecento (piazza), 1, 1.0 km away
ROMAPANTANO TERMINI LAZIALI, Giovanni Giolitti (via), 64, 1.3 km away
ROMAVITERBO ACQUA ACETOSA, Della Moschea (viale), 1, 1.3 km away
STAZIONE SAN PIETRO, Della Stazione Di San Pietro (piazza), 1, 1.5 km away
ROMAPANTANO S.BIBIANA, Giovanni Giolitti (via), 160, 1.5 km away

Closest Tourist Information Points near Viale Trinità dei Monti:
Fontana di Trevi, Via Minghetti, 865 mt. away
Navona, Piazza delle Cinque Lune, 914 mt. away
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Via Nazionale 194, 947 mt. away
Castel Sant'Angelo, Piazza Pia, 982 mt. away
Stazione Termini, Piazza dei Cinquecento, 993 mt. away
Santa Maria Maggiore, Via dell'Olmata, 1.1 km away
Stazione Termini, Via Giolitti 34, 1.2 km away
Visitor Center Fori Imperiali, Via dei Fori Imperiali, 1.2 km away
Trastevere, Piazza Sonnino, 1.4 km away

Getting To Villa Medici From Palazzo Poniatowski at Via della Croce:
Departure from roma via della croce , 1
walk 550 meters
to roma viale della trinita' dei monti , 1
distance covered (metres) 550 meters.

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