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Strohl Fern

Located in the parc of Villa Borghese, Villa Strohl Fern is part of the Lycée Chateaubriand since 1958. Its site welcomes in its 8 hectares 1000 pupils from maternelle to 4ème.

The Villa was bought in 1889 by the Count Alfred Wilhelm Strohl, a french painter and artist from alsatian origin, who decided to build several pavilions in order to welcome artists. Italian sculptor Lorenzo Guerrini, painter Francesco Trombadori or even german poet Rainer Maria Rilke all lived in Villa Strohl Fern for a little while.

Count Strohl, born in 1847, studied painting in Paris where he was the pupil of Charles Gleyre. In 1871, after France's defeat in the franco-prussian war and annexion of Alsace-Moselle, he left the country out of fear to be forced to endorse german nationality. He moves to Rome in 1879 and adds "Fern" to his family name. "Fern" meaning "far away", to emphasise his distance to his patry, and to the world.

After his death in 1927, the Villa is bequeathed to the French State which becomes landlord.

Count Strohl Fern handed us down an extraordinary garden, with an exceptional vegetation, unic Roman testimony of late 19th gardens.

Le comte Strohl fern laisse en héritage un jardin extraordinaire, à la végétation exceptionnelle, témoignage unique à Rome des jardins de la fin du 19ème siècle.

Lycée Chateaubriand