Architect : Porta, Giacomo della
Locality : Frascati
Country : Italy
Building style : Baroque
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The Villa Aldobrandini is property of the Aldobrandini family. Also known as Belvedere for its charming location overlooking the whole valley up to Rome, it was rebuilt on the order of Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini, Pope Clement VIII’s nephew over a pre-existing edifice built by the Vatican prelate Alessandro Rufini in 1550. The villa, aligned with the cathedral down its axial avenue that is continued through the town as Viale Catone, was rebuilt in the current form by Giacomo della Porta and then completed by Carlo Maderno and Giovanni Fontana. Particularly famous is the Teatro delle Acqua (“Water Theater”), by Carlo Maderno and Orazio Olivieri. The villa has an imposing 17th-century facade and some other interesting architectural and environmental features, such as the double gallery order on the rear facade, the spiral-shaped flights, the large exedra of the Water Theatre and the magnificent park.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Villa_Aldobrandini (August 1, 2011).
Ed. Katriina Puputti