The project of an Academia Belgica in Rome was born in 1930, on the occasion of the wedding of Princess Marie-José with Prince Umberto of Italy. Many countries, with the support of the Italian Government, were already represented in Rome by a scientific and cultural institution. Belgium saw the importance of an intellectual and artistic embassy in Italy, which would be intended on the one hand to encourage relations between Italy and Belgium, on the other hand, to offer a roof to Belgian researchers and artists coming from to stay in Rome.
The Academia Belgica was inaugurated in 1939, at its current headquarters, designed by architects Gino Cipriani and Jean Hendrickx, in an elegant area bordering the park of Villa Borghese, which also houses the Dutch, Romanian and later Egyptian, Danish and Swedish institutes.
The Academia Belgica, Just like the Belgian Historical Institute of Rome and the Princess Marie-José Foundation, its goal since its founding has been to encourage Italian-Belgian relations at the scientific and cultural level. Today it is a unique space for research, creation, collaboration, and promotion in the heart of Rome.