The current building dates back to the mid-sixteenth century. The designer was the architect, Giovanni Lippi. The villa was acquired in 1576 by Cardinal Ferdinando de’ Medici in order to house his art collection.
Since the early nineteenth century, the villa has been the seat of the Accademia di Francia (French Academy), founded in 1666. The external façade of the villa is not excessively embellished. With its tall bastion-like foundations, the villa resembles a defensive structure. The fairly plain look of the outer façade contrasts dramatically with the richly embellished inner façade featuring garlands, masks, statues and ancient bas-reliefs, not to mention the enchanting loggia facing terraced gardens adorned with sculptures and fountains (one fountain features an obelisk).
Monday to Sunday (closed on Tuesday)
Open visiting slots:
3pm: guided tour in Italian
4.30pm: guided tour in French
6pm: guided tour in Italian
For English tours requests, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Free access visiting is currently not permitted. All the tours are provided by the guides of the French Academy in Rome at the three slots indicated above.
Program of the Guided Tours
— Tour of the current exhibition Dans le tourbillon du tout-monde
Duration: 40 minutes.
— Tour of the current exhibition and the gardens of Villa Medici
Tickets can be purchased on site 30 minutes prior to each visit, or online. Pre-booking via the online ticketing is not compulsory but is strongly recommended. Tickets can then be picked up at the Villa Medici’s reception desk 30 minutes before the visit.
For more information: (+39) 06 67 61 311