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Villa medici gardens rome. The gardens of the villa medici with an extention of over 7 hectares from north to south it maintains a xvi th century style. Taking down things from a wedding. The french academy in rome villa medici is situated on the pincio hill in the heart of rome at the bottom of which there are the famous spanish steps. Also we were unable to see the facade for that reason. We were inside to see a couple of rooms up a very long spiral staircase simply because a lot of the garden was unavailable due to the caterers etc. At the end of the roman republic this same area was occupied by impressive gardens known as horti luculliani named after the roman general lucio lucullio who have them built between 66 63 bc.
It is about the gardenif i remember correctly the tour is only in the garden. Villa dei medici gardens were called the most enchanting place in rome by henry james who went on to write that the gardens were possessed with an incredible impossible charm covering 17 sprawling acres on pincio hill above the piazza di spagna they offer our favorite panoramic view of rome. But unchanged are the stunning views from the villa and gardens afforded from its high vantage point. For a century and a half the villa medici was one of the most elegant and worldly settings in rome the seat of the grand dukes embassy to the holy see. The palace of villa medici which today hosts the french academy in rome is located near trinita dei monti church on the pincio hill. The massive villa originally a roman country villa for the eponymous florentine bankers is no longer situated in the countryside but integrated into romes modern urban fabric.
In 1564 it only consisted of a farm in the middle of an area with vineries when cardinal ricci bought the casina crescenzi on the collis hortulorum the hill of gardens. There are plenty of beautiful villas in rome but villa medici with its enviable position overlooking the entire city exquisite 18 acres of gardens filled with fountains and sculptures acclaimed artists in residence and sophistication and cultural heritage owing to its two thousand year history is veramente a roman experience you will. The villa medici is a mannerist villa and an architectural complex with a garden contiguous with the larger borghese gardens on the pincian hill next to trinità dei monti in rome.
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