Villa Parisi

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Coordinates: 41°48′36″N 12°41′28″E / 41.810025°N 12.6909944°E / 41.810025; 12.6909944

Old print of Villa Parisi-Borghese 1620 author Matteo Greuter

Villa Parisi - Borghese is a villa in Frascati, now in Monte Porzio Catone municipal territory, Italy.

Description and history[edit]

Villa Parisi was built between 1604 and 1605 by Mons. Fernando Taverna. In 1615 it was acquired by Cardinal Scipione Borghese. Later a nymphaeum and stately portal were built together as part of the extension work by the architect Girolamo Rainaldi. Camillo Borghese in 1729 initiated further renovations.

Painted decorations was carried in the 19th century by painters Giuseppe Valeriani and his brother Domenico, Ignazio Heldman and Taddeo Kuntze. In 1896 the villa was purchased by Savero Parisi, an entrepreneur. In the garden are present Roman remains of an old Roman villa. It was the summer residence of Princess Pauline Bonaparte, wife of Camillo Borghese, and his family.

The villa is not open to the public. It was used as the primary location for the 1974 film Blood for Dracula starring Udo Kier. It was also used as the location for some of the scenes in the REDValentino campaign for 2016-2017, featuring the singer Birdy.

Sources[edit]

  • Wells Clara Louisa - The Alban Hills, Vol. I: Frascati - 1878 publisher: Barbera, Rome, Italy - OCLC 21996251