Villa Salviati, by Niccolò Tognarini

From October 2012 Villa Salviati is home to the Historical Archives of the European Union, a unique resource for researchers at the EUI and far beyond.

From August 2016 Villa Salviati houses the Department of Law, the Department of History & Civilization and the Academy of European Law.

The move continues the long international tradition of the villa, which over the centuries had Italian, French, Swedish and American owners. The estate has naturally strong ties to Florence as well, as the original owners, the Salviati family, wealthy wool merchants and bankers, were in the 15th century closely connected to the Medici that held great power and influence in the city.

The Salviati family’s fortune grew and they went on to add grottos to the site which still stand today. The grottos are made up of frescoes and elaborate stonework that hark back to an era of affluence.



To reach Villa Salviati from Florence, take bus n.25 in Piazza San Marco (bus stop “La Pira”) and exit at bus stop “Il Cionfo 01”, walk 100 metres in the direction of Pratolino (the same direction as the bus). The entrance gate is on the right, on Via Bolognese, 156.


Sources: Image by Niccolò Tognarini | Text by European University Institute