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Villa Aldobrandini

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Built on the hillside at the edge of the town of Frascati, the villa forms a massive screen with its front facade facing across a bare slope to the town and its back facing the wild bosco intended for the idylls of the owner and his guests. Built during the Counter-Reformation, the villa contrasts the power and authority of the church and culture as it faces the town and an Arcadian vision of nature as it connects to the slope behind it. The rooms of the house were decorated exceptionally richly. The drawing room in the center of the main block of the piano nobile has walls hung with tapestries and a ceiling decorated with frescos ascribed to Zuccari. Two gardens of formally planted plane trees and hydrangeas are situated on the transverse axis of the villa and link to the back bosco.

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