Villa Madama

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Villa Madama

The Villa Madama is a villa built at the beginning of the 16th century in the Italian capital Rome . It is located to the right of the Tiber River , on the northeast slope of Monte Mario , near the Olympic Stadium .


The villa was commissioned by the then Cardinal Giulio de Medici, later Pope Clement VII , and built from 1518 to 1525 according to plans by Raphael under the direction of Antonio da Sangallo the Younger . Were involved, among other things Giulio Romano , Baldassare Peruzzi , Giovanni da Udine , Gianfrancesco Penni and Baccio Bandinelli . Shortly after completion, it was looted and set on fire during the Sacco di Roma .

After Clemens death, the villa remained in the possession of the Medici . Alessandro de 'Medici married Madama Margaret of Austria in 1536 , who lived in the city center in the Palazzo Madama and also had the Villa Madama on Monte Mario at her disposal. After Margaret's death, the villa passed to the aristocratic Farnese family . In the following centuries the villa gradually deteriorated. Eventually it was used as a stable and tool shed.

In 1913 the French engineer Maurice Bergès bought the property and had it renovated by Marcello Piacentini . In 1925, Count Carlo Dentice di Frasso and his American wife bought the villa and its gardens and completed the renovation and expansion. In 1937, the rented Italian Foreign Ministry , the Villa Madama and acquired it in 1941 completely. The Ministry, located in the nearby Palazzo della Farnesina , uses the Villa Madama for visits by foreign state guests or for conferences and similar events. The Villa Doria Pamphilj is used in a similar way by the Italian government .

The diplomatic school of the Scuola Nazionale dell'Amministrazione is also located on the grounds of Villa Madama .


  • Ernst Batta: Roman palaces and villas. Approaching a city. 1st edition. Insel, Frankfurt a. M. / Leipzig 1992, ISBN 3-458-33024-0 , pp. 176-186.
  • Hartmut Biermann : The round courtyard. Reflections on Villa Madama. In: Communications from the Art History Institute in Florence. Vol. 30, No. 3, 1986, ISSN  0342-1201 , pp. 493-536 ( JSTOR 27653180 ).
  • Carl von Lorck: forts, palaces and villas in Italy (= castles, palaces, mansions. Volume 26). Weidlich, Frankfurt a. M. 1961, pp. 78-79.

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Coordinates: 41 ° 55 ′ 42.1 ″  N , 12 ° 27 ′ 10 ″  E