Villa Medici was built in 1544 on the remains of an old Roman villa. The villa was named after Cardinal Ferdinando I de’ Medici, who bought it in 1576. This is where Galileo Galilei was held captive in 1633. Since 1804, these are the headquarters of the French Academy in Rome. Today, it is owned by the French Ministry of Culture and the French State.
Villa Medici is one of the famous villas in the Villa Borghese Gardens. Villa Borghese Gardens is a park situated close to the Flaminia Metro Station. There are many museums and palaces hidden in the greenery, the most famous certainly being Museo Borghese in Villa Borghese, The National Etruscan Museum in Villa Giulia and National Gallery of Modern Art. The park stretches across 2 square miles or 5 square kilometers.
From Villa Medici you have one of the most beautiful rooftop views of Rome.