Guided tours in Italian, French and English
The French Academy in Rome has begun its latest round of guided tours of the Villa Medici, located between Trinità di Monti and Villa Borghese, for the duration of the current academic year.
For more than a decade, the French Academy has organised tours in Italian, French and English, held every day except Mondays. The hour-long visit allows the public to see the most beautiful areas of the academy including the cardinal's apartment, the plaster cast gallery, the Pavilion of Ferdinando de' Medici, the Niobides group of sculptures in the gardens, and ending with a panorama of Rome from the Belvedere.
Earlier this summer the academy launched two new routes: the Villa del Piccolo Ferdinando I which is aimed at families with children between five and 10 years old, and tells the villa's history through stories, questions and games involving the whole family. The second new itinerary is called Secret places of creativity, revealing the workspaces of the academy's artists and scholars throughout its history to the present-day residents.
In addition, there are tours of the exhibitions (including The Baroque Underworld. Vice and Destitution in Rome on show until 18 Jan) on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday at 17.00 (in French) and at 17.45 (in Italian).
The Villa Medici site was acquired in 1576 by Cardinal Ferdinando De' Medici, who commissioned the Florentine architect Bartolomeo Ammannati to design the vast palace which stands on the Pincio hill above Piazza del Popolo. Now property of the French state, Villa Medici has been home to the French Academy in Rome since 1803.
Tours in English are available every day, except Monday, at midday. For full details of all tour times and fees, see website or tel. 0667611.