In the 16th century, Villa Medici-Accademia di Francia a Roma was built on the Pincio hill, and was named "Medici" when Cardinal Ferdinando de' Medici acquired it from the Ricci da Montepulciano family. The exterior walls of the villa are decorated with Roman statues and bas-reliefs, as if to create an open-air museum, a style which was much in fashion at that time. This was possible then because during the construction of large residences, archaeological remains were inevitably found during excavations for the foundations, and so these discoveries were more chance findings than systematic digs. The villa is the seat of the French Academy, created to enable young French painters to study in Rome. At present the gardens are closed for restoration, but art exhibitions are organized, generally hosted in an interior called the rimessone, where carriages were once parked, now concerts are performed here. The illustrious students of the French Academy include: Fragonard Berlioz and Debussy, who studied here after the Academy had extended its activity to music as well as painting.
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