Villa Medici, Rome
Close your eyes and picture your nuptials taking place in the historical city of Rome. The ultimate symbol of romance, with an atmosphere like no other. If you want to get married in one of the most exclusive wedding venues and gardens in the world, then having a Rome wedding at Villa Medici is perfect for you.
Getting married in Rome, a city dripping with history and culture - every corner nods to the Roman deities of 200 B.C. If you and your loved ones want a wedding surrounded in the history and literature of Rome, then the Villa Medici is the perfect place to make the ultimate commitment. This ornate mannerist villa is one of Italy's most exclusive wedding venues, and was once home to one of the world’s most famous astronomers and philosophers - Galileo Galilei, and will be the perfect backdrop to your luxury wedding.
A Destination Wedding of Luxury in Italy
When you say, ‘I do’ at your wedding ceremony of Villa Medici, you can make your lifelong commitment on the terrace of the villa, or in a bespoke glass marquee in the courtyard surrounded by the stunning 16th century style gardens that locals call the jewel of Villa Medici. When you have an indoor wedding, the magnificent gardens will surround you, the brainchild of mathematician and architect Camillo Agrippa, making the perfect backdrop for your wedding photos.
You could hire your favourite band such Aerosmith or Chic & Nile Rodgers and have them perform in the beautiful open space as you and your guests enjoy the ultimate outdoor wedding in Italy. To make your day truly memorable, you could also have wedding photos taken on the Spanish Steps - a short 10-minute stroll from the villa.
What makes a wedding at Villa Medici Rome so special is the fact that only a handful of people have made the ultimate commitment there. If you’ve always dreamed of a big wedding, then Villa Medici will be yours - a bespoke glass marquee can be erected to fit over 800 guests, which is rarely done at this exclusive venue. You can then spend your wedding night in luxury at the Hassler Roma on the Spanish Steps.
If you want your closest family and friends to stay for your destination wedding, then the Waldorf Astoria Rome Cavalieri is a great option overnight.
The Saga of Villa Medici Rome
But what makes Villa Medici so incredible? This magnificent Renaissance villa was first built for Cardinal Ricci da Montepulciano in 1540 and was then sold to Cardinal Ferdinando dei Medici - this villa was the first of many Medici properties in Rome. The estate remained in the Medici family for centuries, until Napoleon Bonaparte acquired Villa Medici for the French Academy in 1803. Napoleon's intentions were to preserve an institution that was once threatened by the French Revolution.
The gardens were renovated to compete in the Prix de Rome and housed 22 young French Artists with the hope to inspire them with the masterpieces of antiquity and Renaissance. Known as the Institut de France, they would compete to stay at the villa. Several rooms were furnished with large windows looking out onto the gardens, and artist equipment. The Turkish room in the tower that looks over Rome became the favourite of many artists after it was designed in 1833 by Director of the French Academy.
The competition and Prix de Rome were erased in 1968 by the Minister of Cultural Affairs André Malraux, and Villa Medici changed hands from the Institut de France to Malraux. Artists applied for a position instead of competing, and they could explore fields further than painting, architecture, sculpture and much more. They got to explore history, literature and so much more, for six to eighteen months.
From 1961, Polish-French artist Balthasar Klossowski de Rola carried out a restoration campaign and gave the palace and gardens modern equipment. The new decor paid homage to the Medici family but had modern elements. This melancholic decor became historic and went through further restoration in 2016.
Astonish your guests at Villa Medici
When your guests arrive in Rome, they will have dinner at an authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of Rome. Once they have dined, they will be taken for a relaxed walk around the stunning gardens.
With a plethora of sites to see and attentive staff who will care for your guests wants and needs, choosing Villa Medici for your event has never been simpler. Whether you’re looking for an Persian wedding, Arabic wedding, or any other cultural wedding, we will put on an incredible celebration, paying the highest attention to even the smallest details.
When you choose our luxury wedding planners to organise your celebration, from the moment you make an enquiry to the final second of your event, we will work tirelessly with Villa Medici to give every client a memorable experience.
Our international event planners are experienced in organising events across the world and we would be delighted to help you plan your dream wedding in Rome, Italy.
For more information about booking Villa Medici for your wedding or event, please contact us today.