Villa Medici in Rome, Tips to Visit
Villa Medici, also known as the French Academy in Rome (Académie de France à Rome in French), is a stunning mannerist palace that dates back to the Italian High Renaissance.
The Palace of Villa Medici, which today hosts the French Academy in Rome, is located near Trinita’ dei Monti Church, on the Pincio Hill. 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 had them built between 66 – 63 B.C. The Horti Luculliani must have been spectacular! They extended on the hillside, featuring vast terraces reachable through huge staircases.
|Opening Hours: 9.30am - 5.30pm|
|Best Time To Visit: 11.00am or 15.00pm|
How to Visit
1PLAN YOUR VISIT IN ADVANCE
– Add this Attraction on your Travel List!
2CHECK IN ADVANCE THE BEST TIME VISIT
Guided tours of Villa Medici are available in English at 11.00 am or at 3.00pm and are included in the price of the Tickets. Schedule may be subject to changes. Check the events schedule online at the official website for the best time to visit http://villamedici.it/en/
3WEAR COMFORTABLE FOOTWEAR
– Summertime: sneakers, sun cream and a hat;
– Wintertime: sneakers, umbrella and raincoat
Monday, 1 January, 1 May and 25 December
From Tuesday to Sunday, 9:30 am-5:30 pm (6:30 if there is an exhibition)
Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (last admission 6:30 p.m.)
Tickets + Guided Tours
- Adults: 12€;
- Reduced Tickets: 6€ (Seniors (60 years +), Students, Romaeuropa Card, Roma pass, Metrebus card);
- Free for kids up to 6;
Wheelchair Accessibility Service:
Villa Medici is accessible to people in wheelchair and people with walking difficulties
+39 06 6761 311
Tuesday to Sunday: 9-30am-5.30pm
How to Reach
1FROM THE CITY CENTER TO VILLA MEDICI
2FROM FIUMICINO AIRPORT TO VILLA MEDICI
– Once at Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (Fiumicino Airport) take the Leonardo Express Train to Termini Station;
– Next, at Termini take the Metro A (Orange Line) Direction Battistini for 3 stops. Get down at Spagna Metro Station.
Viale Trinità dei Monti, 1, 00187 Rome, Italy
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Villa Medici Historical Facts
The Palace of Villa Medici, which today hosts the French Academy in Rome, is located near Trinita’ dei Monti Church, on the Pincio Hill. 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 B.C. The Horti Luculliani must have been spectacular! They extended on the hillside, featuring vast terraces reachable through huge staircases. Read More…
Villa Medici FAQ
Shall I need to reserve my tickets for Villa Medici in advance?
Even though Villa Medici is not as visited as other sites in Rome such as the Vatican Museums, we suggest travelers planning to visit Villa Medici to check availability for the date of their visit by phone or email.
What does the ticket to Villa Medici include?
The ticket to Villa Medici includes a group guided tour of the palace available in English, French and Italian.
What will I see during the guided tour?
The journey starts with the description of the inner facade turned towards the gardens, with the Romans’ bas-relief, the refined copies of antique statues, Giambologna’s Mercury, the contemporary sculptures and the symbols linked to the Medici’s history. The guided tour includes the visit of the Cardinal’s apartment.
The visit then proceeds through the Loggia, emblematic image of the Villa, and with the Bosco’s studio, depicted in a famous painting by Velasquez. The visit continues with the gypsotheque recently opened to the public and the fountain created by Balthus from casts of antique sculptures, the Niobides’ square. The walk ends with the discovery of the extraordinary panorama on the Eternal city from the belvedere.
How long does it take to visit Villa Medici?
The tour of Villa Medici lasts approximately 1 hour