The Villa Belvedere is the most significant attraction of Frascati, the seat of the suburbicarian see, situated near Rome. It was built between 1598 and 1602 on the basis of the plans of Giacomo della Porta. The builder of it was Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini, the nepos of Clement VIII, among the documents of whom the Pázmány-protocol (CVH II/6) survived. The palace took its current shape by 1621 thanks to Carlo Maderno and Giovanni Fontana. The building is still owned by the Aldobrandini Family, it is the last pontifical villa and giardino that was not acquired by the State. Its garden is opened to the public, but the inner halls painted in Mannerist and Early Baroque style, including the famous Sala del Parnasso, are not. I could conduct research in the private archives located in the mansard with the special permission of the head of the family, Don Camillo Aldobrandini, through the contribution of the Soprintendenza Archivistica per il Lazio.
The view of the Villa Belvedere from the city centre of Frascati and the panorama to Rome from its entrance. The family archives can be found under the tympanum, between the two volutes (the photos were taken on the 29th June 2016).
Shots about the private archives of the family. View from the entrance loggia to the giardino (1), the coat of arms of the Aldobrandinis over the door of the archives (2), the view from inside (3), Panorama of Rome (4–5), the Documenti Storici on the western wall of the archives (6–7). The protocol of the processus informativus of Péter Pázmány is stored in busta 17.
Some facsimilia from the protocol. The original litterae praesentatoriae of Matthias II to Paul V written on parchment (1–2), a detail of the confession of Trent of Pázmány with his m.p. signature with the authentication of the nunciature of Prague (3–4), the endorsement of the processus (5).
Shots from the garden about the rear tract of the Villa Aldobrandini, about its park and its spectacles (Teatro delle Acque / Ninfeo – Il Mostro). The water features of the giardino were so famous in their age, that during his Roman legation of 1632 also Péter Pázmány admired them.