10Villa Mondragone, Castelli Romani

Villa Mondragone was built on the remains of a Roman villa from the 2nd century AD. The first nucleus of the modern villa, known as the “Casino segreto”, was built by the Austrian-born cardinal Marco Sittico Altemps starting from 1573, based on a project by Martino Longhi the Elder. The villa was then the favorite residence of Paolina Bonaparte, younger sister of the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte.

In 1981 the structure and the surrounding park were purchased by the newly formed Tor Vergata University of Rome, which made it its representative office.