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Civic archaeological museum at the Scuderie Aldobrandini ("Aldobrandini Stables"). It displays archaeological finds coming from the ancient Tusculum and the nearby area.

Trough the original old door of the stables.
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The museum is housed in the former Scuderie Aldobrandini (Aldobrandini Stables), a prestigious 17th-century complex recently restored by architect Massimiliano Fuksas. Thanks to a vanguard exhibition arrangement, the visitors are given the opportunity to admire the whole collection and to value it properly. As a matter of fact, the museum includes an archaeology collection gathering precious finds from the Roman city of Tusculum and the surrounding area dating from the Republican Age to the Middle Ages; there is also a historical-artistic section displaying the models to the scale of 1 to 200 of the Ville Tuscolane all built between 1550 and 1620 approximately (with subsequent construction works) on the Tuscolo side looking over Rome. They belonged to the Roman aristocracy of the papal families and their courts (the Altemps, Boncompagni, Taverna, Aldobrandini, and Ludovisi), and marked the economic, artistic, and cultural revival of Frascati in the manneristic and baroque period, thus establishing its peculiar features and town planning definitively. The gorgeous villas belonging to popes, princes, and cardinals revived the humanistic dream of Cicero's, Lucullus's, and the Quintilii's villas constructed along the same slopes of the Tuscolo, by reproducing their splendour, literary leisure, and holiday style. The complex, including an auditorium, houses important temporary exhibitions.

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