In Rome, since the past, the stress caused by an intensive political activity, always made the Romans to search for peace of mind and soul, in the beautiful countryside. In 1580 Cardinal Carafa decided to restore his soul in Tusculum area – today the villa is located in the territory of Grottaferrata – building this residence that should allow him to spend time in his studies and contemplative meditations.
The residence passed through the centuries, in the belongings of different noble families as the family Odescalchi. In 1734 Prince Odescalchi entrusted to Giovanni Paolo Pannini the perspective gallery – shown above – long 19 meters , with allegories of the four seasons and the four elements, all this beauty overlooking Rome from a privileged position.