Location of the Workshop

The conference will be held in Villa Mondragone, an historical Roman villa built in the middle of the XVI century, on the Tuscolani hills. The villa is located within the township of Monte Porzio Catone, about 25 km south-east of Roma.

Villa Mondragone is a magnificent Renaissance Palace on the Alban hills overlooking Rome (Area Map). It was built between 1573 and 1577 on the site of a Roman Villa on commission of Cardinal Marco Sittico Altemps, nephew of Pope Pius IV, in order to give hospitality to the Papal court and mainly to the new Pope, Gregory XIII. The Villa was called Mondragone (Mount Dragon) referring to the coat of arms of Gregory XIII who issued in the Villa itself, in 1582, the bull of reform of the Julian calendar.

Villa Mondragone virtual tour


Conference venue map


Villas and gardens built on the hills of the Tuscolo are comparable, for their architectonic quality and landscaped and for a remarkable geographic extension, with famous systems of the Palladiane villas and of the Loira castles.

The Roman aristocracy of ancient republican age had already chosen these places to build their summer residences.

However it is from the middle of the XVI century to the XVII century that the tuscolani hills knew their maximum residential expansion, due to Roman Church cardinals.

Fulcrum of this development is the imposing architectonical complex of Villa Mondragone. The construction built on the remains of the foundations of a Roman villa was chosen by cardinal Marco Sittico Altemps to host Pope Gregorio XII Boncompagni, around 1570.

It was in this splendid villa that "the reorder of the compute of time" was first conceived, later to be realized with the Gregorian calendar reform.

Currently Villa Mondragone hosts events promoted by the University of Roma Tor Vergata.

Stampa di Villa Mondragone (Download: 275 KB - Risoluzione: 1024 x 787)

Transport information

How to reach the conference venue Villa Mondragone How to reach the conference hotels