Villa Aldobrandini is in an advanced state of decay, a problem that exists in various levels in some Italian historic gardens. The Aldobrandini family still own the Villa and plans are afoot to undertake a full restoration that at best will take decades I feel to achieve, if it is ever achieved. The villa was the most sophisticated baroque garden created in Italy and was a marvel of water engineering well ahead of the time.
The Villa is still worth visiting if only to try and gain a small idea of the former beauty and awe, seen and felt by the orignal guests who came here.
The villa commands the view from the town of Frascati which lays below it, the residence of the town as they have always done looking up to the villa, the villa expressing its dominance over the people below.
The villa is in private hands but is open to visitors who can wander around the grounds, but enter and exit from the top as the bottom gate is mostly always locked. You can climb to the source of the water which still enters the garden but the famous water features are all but gone or not working, unfortuantly not helped by the Americans who had a habit of bombing Italian historic villas in world war 2. All in all this is an important historic garden and I hope the planned restoration does take place as I fear otherwise total decay will mean the garden will be lost. Visit the garden, an hour will be enough, and then view the villa from the town square while enjoying pasta and a bottle of wine.
The reviews and ratings originate in all cases from third parties. Gardenvisit is in no case responsible for the correctness or accuracy of the reviews. Reviews and similar information are not an expression of Gardenvisit’s opinions.