Villa Giulia, 1551-55

Built for Pope Julius III, Giulia exemplifies the liminality between city and country. The villa, located just outside Rome, was meant to serve as a respite from the heat of summer. Jacopo da Vignola (1507-1573) headed the design, while Bartolomeo Ammanti and Giorgio Vasari contributed. Villa Giulia is similar to Bramante's Belvedere courtyard for Pope Julius II. Here we have a playful inner courtyard with karotids and maze like pathways.

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