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Villa Schifanoia and the Cappella

Schifanoia2From August 2016 Villa Schifanoia is home to the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies. The villa was built on a country farm, part of the Villa Palmieri estate which is thought to be the setting for much of Boccaccio’s ‘Decameron’. The original meaning of Schifanoia is ‘to chase away boredom’, an apt name given its literary heritage.

From the mid-15th century the villa was owned by the Cresci family, who made their fortune as merchants and dyers, before passing through Italian hands – bought, inherited or gifted as a dowry – for the following centuries.

The 20th century was marked by foreign ownership, including Australian, British and American. The latter was Myron Taylor, who as the US president’s personal representative to Pope Pius XII welcomed diplomats, politicians and financial figures to Schifanoia. In 1941, Taylor donated the villa to the Catholic Church, who installed the Little Company of Mary as directors of a Rosary College, educating young American women in fine art. The school closed in the 1980s and the villa was made available to the EUI.

To get to Villa Schifanoia from the bus stop in San Domenico, cross the road and take a sharp left into Via Boccaccio.

Villa Schifanoia is about 150 metres down the road on the right hand side after the traffic lights. The Cappella is the small building next to the Villa. 

As of 4 February 2019, following the implementation of a pilot project on Access Control at the EUI, the Villa Schifanoia Campus is accessible only with an EUI ID card or by ringing the entry phone and providing personal details to control room operators (upon prior registration).

Further information on the project is available here.

Please Note:

The Via Boccaccio stretch between San Domenico and Villa Schifanoia has been closed to both vehicles and pedestrians from 27 January until 2 Feb 2020 due to urgent maintenance works: Villa Schifanoia is therefore accessible by car from Le Cure ONLY, while pedestrians (EUI members) can use the internal path from Villa Sanfelice and then the connecting road Badia-Schifanoia.

External guests (pedestrians) are kindly invited to access Villa Schifanoia either through the connecting walkway from the Badia Fiesolana or walking up Via Boccaccio from the terminus of the 1B bus line.


Villa Schifanoia

Via Boccaccio 121
I-50133 Firenze
Tel. [+39] 055 4685 550, Monday-Friday 8.00-19.00

Page last updated on 27 January 2020