"Villa Paolina Bonaparte (Residence of Napoleon’s sister), Now French Embassy" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Saturday 14th May 2011
This villa was bought by the Borghese family for the young sister of Napoleon, Pauline Bonaparte, who entered the family and held here a splendid court in 1816-1824. Originally the villa belonged to the Cicciaporci family and was documented since the 16th century. In the middle of the 18th century it was purchased by cardinal Silvio Valenti Gonzaga who had a house built in the classic style with the interior decorations and collections of art, lost later. The gardens of the villa were executed in excellent way.
At the death of the cardinal, the villa was sold to the Colonna di Sciarra. In 1816 it was bought by Paolina Borghese, one of the sisters of Napoleon Buonaparte, hence the current name of the Villa. After several other changes of ownership the property was bought by France in 1951 for its Embassy to the Holy See (the French Embassy to Italy is in Palazzo Farnese). The villa, is located between between the Aurelian Walls, Via Piave (close to Porta (Gate) Pia) and Via XX Settembre, and from 1950 the French Embassy to the Holy See was housed there. The watercolors on display show its elegance, which extended to the interior, which was decorated by Pauline herself in a purely French taste.
Many of the objects in the room come from the Villa Paolina: the toilet set made by the goldsmith Martin-Guillaume Biennais, the portable mirror on which can be seen the substitution of Pauline’s monogram with that of her niece Carlotta (to whom the villa was left), the note book of expenses related to the running of the house. The dormouse in mahogany, is similar to the sofa on which Pauline posed for the famous Canova statue, which showed her dressed as Venus Vincitrice (Rome, Borghese Gallery). The plaster cast of the princess’ breast and the model of her head come from Canova’s masterpiece.
Villa Paolina Bonaparte (Residence of Napoleon’s sister), Now French Embassy
You may reach Via Piave, 23
Zone: Rione Sallustiano (Via Bissolati) (Roma centro)
Also you may reach Via 20 Settembre, 66-68/a
Rione Castro Pretorio (Porta Pia) (Roma centro)
00198, Rome, Lazio, Italy
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More about Pauline Bonaparte Museum: http://en.museonapoleonico.it/percorsi/percorsi_per_sale/sala_vi_paolina...
Contact Villa Paolina/ France Embassy to the Holy See (the French Embassy to Italy):
Hours: Monday to Thusday 9:00am-05:00pm, Friday 9:00am-12:00am, Closed Saturday, Closed Sunday. Receive only by appointment.
Telephone: 0039 06 42030900
Fax: 0039 06 42030968