FRASCATI AND THE MAGNIFICENCE OF THE “VILLE TUSCOLANE”
Frascati villas and gardens reached their greatest splendor around the second decade of the seventeenth century. In Roman times the Tuscolo hill, with a pleasant climate, had been chosen as a favorite place of Villas and gardens by the most powerful and illustrious Roman citizens, among them Catone, Lucullo and Cicero. The closeness of Frascati to Rome, centuries later, allowed a similar use for its territory.
From the sixteenth century, families of papal nobility converted the ancient castles into luxurious residences for summer stays and for this reason famous architects and painters were commissioned.
We will visit Villa Mondragone, which stands on the foundations of an ancient Roman villa, belonging to the Quintili consuls. In this villa lived Cardinal Ugo Boncompagni, who later became Pope Gregory XIII, who here, in 1582, started the reform of the calendar in use today, bearing his name, the Gregorian Calendar.
This Pope had a dragon as a heraldic coat of arms, from which he named the villa, Mon-dragon-e.
The villa is now home to the University of Tor Vergata for its institutional activities.
Villa Grazioli was built in 1580, inhabited by Pope Paolo V and decorated by important seventeenth and eighteenth century frescoes, which adorn most of the rooms and of the gallery on the second floor, attributed to well-known painters as Antonio Carracci.
Today it houses a luxury hotel.
Villa Aldobrandini (also known as Villa Belvedere) is one of the most important villas in Frascati. It stands on a panoramic hill overlooking the entrance to the town, and it has a multi-century history, divided among important families and papacy. It was built for Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini, nephew of Pope Clement VIII who commissioned famous architects of the seventeenth century as Carlo Maderno and Giovanni Fontana.
Inside the villa, now private property, there are frescoes painted by baroque and iconic artists such as the Zuccari brothers, Cavalier d'Arpino and Domenichino.
Particularly interesting is the Sala del Parnaso.
Visit and tasting.
Appointment: 9am Cotral Anagnina Bus Station
- Private bus available to members for the complete itinerary
- Olive oil and wine tasting at Villa Aldobrandini
- Transfer to Frascati and lunch at your leisure
- Departure for Rome is set at about 16 o'clock
Minimum 20 members participation is required