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“Horrible experience, not worth your time.”

Villa Medici - Accademia di Francia a Roma
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Medici Villas and Residences Private Tour
Ranked #150 of 1,745 things to do in Rome
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 June 2013

- Receptionists are disrespectful and ignore you.
- Expect to be treated with total disrespect.
- You have to reserve at least a week in advance

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Reviewed 18 March 2013

Just up the street from the Spanish Steps, the French Academy in Rome is easy to miss as the Villa is large but nondescript from the street.

Originally a part of the gardens of Lucullus the original villa was where Messalina was murdered......the Medici Villa built by Ferdinando I de Medici is next to the Borghese gardens. In 1803 Napoleon decided it was a nice location for the French Academy in Rome.

Today it's still the French Academy in Rome and has exhibits....a nice cafe and wonderful gardens....worth a visit.

2  Thank lnscout
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Reviewed 28 January 2013

You can actually rent rooms in this former Medici palace in which today's top French artists reside and create their art as part of their prestigious residency scholarship in Rome (Formerly Prix de Rome).

We spent two nights in one of the so called Historic Rooms on the third floor with a spectacular view of Rome. We had a baby grand piano on which Debussy composed while in residence there to play on and furnishings befitting nobility. The last night we stayed in the Cardinal's room, which is actually a huge suite consisting of Ferdinando da Medici's study and bedroom. The suite overlooks the villa's garden and courtyard and has breathtaking ceiling frescoes.

Given the genuine historical character of the residence, the experience of spending a few nights at the villa is priceless and the price we did pay paled in the face of the grandeur we got to stay at while in Rome. This is a place we will never forget.

9  Thank axjul1
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Reviewed 8 January 2013

The Villa, home of the "Prix de Rome" has a very interesting garden "all'Italienne" which is unique for Rome. The Villa Medici has art exhibits all year round. The view of Rome from the upper windows is very nice.

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Reviewed 23 October 2012 via mobile

The place can only be tured by a guided tour, which is held once an hour. The tour takes over an hour, during which only the gardens are shown. The gardens are small and do not merit an hour.
The villa, Though beautiful from the outside, is closed to the public, which renders the whole thing redundant.
Save your money and walk to the lovely borgia park right next to it, for the same wonderful views of rome.

1  Thank Maya_pr
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