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Villa Madama, Rome

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  • Along the slopes of Monte Mario, built starting in 1517, the villa called "one of the most impressive projects of the sixteenth century. For centuries suffered several changes in ownership and in 1940 the State buys and destined for use of high representative.
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  • The villa can be visited only at events or openings, since it is used by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for ceremonies or host heads of State recently, fortunately the openings have been numerous. Designed by Raphael for the future Medici pope Clement VII, reflects the Renaissance style for the terraced gardens, sloping down to the Tiber, the groves and the panoramic views from the dominant points, as this corner of Monte Mario. The project includes a circular courtyard and environments with many niches and apses with trying to emulate the Roman bath imponenze. Elegant and graceful the loggia with three bays with paintings by Giulio Romano. It owes its current name to the wife of a Medici, the illegitimate daughter of Emperor Charles v. "Madama" Margaret of Austria who lived there and after his death it passed first to the Farnese family, then to the Bourbons until you get into the heritage of the unitary State.
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  • It's the driveway that leads to Villa Madama... Internally there is this green clearing 👍
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  • Villa Madama is one of the suburban villas built in the sixteenth century in Rome. It was conceived with the intention of rivaling contemporary villas like that of Chigi at the Lungara, now called Farnesina. The work for its construction begins in 1518, under Pope Leo X (Giovanni di Lorenzo de ' Medici), at the behest of the cousin Cardinal Giulio de ' Medici. Raffaello Sanzio is in charge of executing the project and Antonio da Sangallo the Younger (Raphael's help in the shipyard of San Pietro) to take care of the execution of the works. Raphael designed a building surrounded by panoramic gardens and terraces sloping down towards the Tiber, developed around a circular courtyard of which today remains only a hemicycle. The work slowed down by the premature death of Raphael in 1520 at the age of 37 years and resumed in 1524, after the election of Julius who becomes the second pope of the Medici family with the name of Clement VII (1523. The final realization of the project, however, is compromised by the vicissitudes that the papal state lived under the papacy of Clement VII. In 1527, in fact, the sack of Rome takes place at the hands of the Lanzichenecchi of Charles V, which takes away any priority to the realization. During this tragic episode of Roman history the villa is ransacked and burned. Vasari says that the pope cried seeing her burn from her refuge at Castel Sant'Angelo. After the death of Clement VII, the villa remains the property of the Medici family. It belongs, in fact, first to Cardinal Ippolito de ' Medici, and then to Alessandro de ' Medici, Duke of Florence, who marries Margaret of Austria, the natural daughter of the emperor Charles V. At the death of Alessandro, Margherita marries Ottavio Farnese, Duke of Parma and Piacenza. At the death of Margherita the villa passed to the heirs of the Farnese family, Dukes of Parma and Piacenza, starting a slow and progressive abandonment. The villa continues its decay passing in inheritance to the king of Naples Charles de Bourbon, which leaves it to degrade with agricultural property, prerogative of the Crown, and to despoil of any artistic decoration. During the nineteenth century and the early twentieth century the villa is used as a barn, agricultural warehouse, housing troops and goes to ruin. In 1913 it is purchased by Maurice Bergès, an engineer from Toulouse in love with Rome, who instructs the restoration Marcello Piacentini. In 1925 it is bought by the American heiress Dorothy Caldwell-Taylor, Countess of Fasso who, in three years, completes the restoration project. At his death, Dorothy donated to Villa in Benito Mussolini, the head of the Italian Government of the time, who in 1941 devolves to the state. The villa had illustrious guests from Giovan Battista Guarini, who wrote here between 1583 and 1585 the "Pastor Fido", to Goethe, who stayed there between 1786 and 1787, enjoying the wonderful sunsets from the slopes of Mount Mario, exalted in his elegies. Equipped for official receptions, until the years ' 60 of the TWENTIETH century, the villa holds very fine porcelain and precious glass glasses, all with the official emblem of the state. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs uses Villa Madama as a representative seat to host diplomatic receptions, conferences, conventions or other institutional activities.
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