It’s no wonder the building that now houses the Finnish Institute in Rome is the work of one of Rafael’s pupils, Giulio Romano. Built by the Lante family in the Renaissance period, Villa Lante al Gianicolo is a stunning building that greets its visitors with original wall frescos and a vast ceiling mural created for the first aristocratic family.
In 1950, Amos Anderson, a Finnish man, provided a donation for the building and started the institute to allow Finnish people to study and do research in Rome, opening its doors in 1954. The central activities of the institute are research and education, particularly in the classical studies. The main disciplines are ancient and medieval history, classical philology, classical archaeology and art history. Furthermore, the institute also hosts concerts, conferences and other cultural happenings, including the annual concert series L’Orecchio di Giano. (See website for full details.)
INSTITUTUM ROMANUM FINLANDIAE
Passeggiata del Gianicolo, 10
Mon – Fri 9:00 – 13:00, 14:30 – 16:00
Mon – Fri 9:00 – 12:00