Villa Spada - Irish Embassy to the Holy See

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Villa Spada - Irish Embassy to the Holy See

In the very beginning of via Giacomo Medici stands an ancient Villa Nobili, later named Spada, built in 1639 by F.M.Baratta for Vincenzo Nobili. In 1849 it was a seat of the Garibaldi's headquarter after Villa Savorelli was destroyed; Villa Spada was also seriously damaged by French shelling, but was completely restored according to the original designs.

Villa Spada, Embassy of Ireland to the Holy, Via Giacomo Medici, rome
Today it is a residence of the Irish Embassy to the Holy See (Ambasciata della Repubblica d'Irlanda presso la Santa Sede). Villa Spada (also called Villa Nobili Spada) is also the official residence of the Ambassador of Ireland to the Holy See. It was purchased by the Irish government in 1946. It stands on the Gianicolo Hill, near the church of San Pietro in Montorio, where the Ulster Earls, the O’Neills and the O’Donnells, who came to Rome in 1608 are buried. In fact, many secret meetings took place in the Irish embassy at the Villa Spada to devise a campaign of action to ensure the communists would not prosper.

Probably the villa stands on the place of the fountain, which in ancient time showed the water from aqueduct (Acquedotto Alsietino), brought to Rome by Augustus in 2nd century, the source of the waters was lake Martignano and the length of the aqueduct was approx. 33km.

Villa Spada also houses the small Galleria Spada museum, which is located on its first floor. The Galleria Spada art collection was originally assembled by members of the Spada family itself, including Bernardino. The garden of the Palazzo Spada faces the river Tiber.

Address:
Villa Spada - Embassy of Ireland to the Holy
Via Giacomo Medici, 1
00153, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Trastevere (Gianicolo) (Roma centro)
Villa Spada - Irish Embassy to the Holy See is Shown By "Map I Zone" As "2"
Hours: Monday to Friday 09:30am-12:30pm 02:30pm-04:30pm. Closed Saturday. Closed Sunday.
Telephone: 0039 06 5810777
Fax: 0039 06 5895709
Email: holy...@defa.ie
Website: http://www.embassyofirelandholysee.it/

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