Built in the 1500's, Villa Medici is a Renaissance style Palace that was once the private secondary residence of the Medici family for over 200 years. In 1803, Villa Medici was bestowed upon the state of France and established as the site of the French Academy in Rome where it still resides to this day.

FUN FACT:The most famous resident was Galileo, who was imprisoned here between 1630 and 1633.

SEE FOR YOURSELF:Just 50km outside central Rome, Villa Medici is easy to get to and a great addition to your agenda next time you find yourself in The Eternal City.

Plan ahead! The 17+ Acres of landscaped gardens (with arguably the best views of Rome) at Villa Medici are only open to the public on Wednesdays and Sundays, and the exhibits inside are accessible by private tour.