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Palazzo Farnese, Rome

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Palazzo Farnese or Farnese Palace is one of the most important High Renaissance palaces in Rome. Owned by the Italian Republic, it was given to the French government in 1936 for a period of 99 years, and currently serves as the French embassy in Italy.First designed in 1517 for the Farnese family, the building expanded in size and conception when Alessandro Farnese became Pope Paul III in 1534, to designs by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger. Its building history involved some of the most prominent Italian architects of the 16th century, including Michelangelo, Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola and Giacomo della Porta.At the end of the 16th century, the important fresco cycle of The Loves of the Gods in the Farnese Gallery was carried out by the Bolognese painter Annibale Carracci, marking the beginning of two divergent trends in painting during the 17th century, the Roman High Baroque and Classicism. The famous Farnese sculpture collection, now in the National Archeological Museum of Naples, as well as other Farnese collections, now mostly in Capodimonte Museum in Naples, were accommodated in the palace.
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  • This beautiful palace was built by the Farnese family starting in the 1500s. The family included a pope, several cardinals, military leaders, etc. The building is currently the French Embassy in Rome....  more »
  • This palazzo faces the eponymous square and is currently used as the French Embassy. Constructed in the early 1500’s by the Farnese family and changing hands many times though the years until 1874 whe...  more »
  • You must book a guided tour well in advance and there is a comprehensive safety check before you enter. Then there is a guided tour where you will have a lot to know about the palace, the decorations and its history. The gallery with Annibale Carraccis Fresko decoration is incredibly nice.
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  • It is one of the famous Renaissance palaces in Rome. It's construction started in 1515 by Antonio Sangalo, ordered by cardinal Alexander/Alessandro/ Farnese, who later became Pope Paul III. Then he asked Michelangelo to make the facade and the cornice. Now the palace is a French embassy in Italy.
  • It's a lovely place to visit. Here houses the French Embassy
  • Fantastic place with fantastic art. There is certainly good reason behind the Hercules piece being as renowned as it is. Can recommend going for a stroll around the plaza as well, especially the monastery next door
  • Palazzo Farnese or Farnese Palace is one of the most important High Renaissance palaces in Rome. Owned by the Italian Republic, it was given to the French government in 1936 for a period of 99 years, and currently serves as the French embassy in Italy. First designed in 1517 for the Farnese family, the building expanded in size and conception when Alessandro Farnese became Pope Paul III in 1534, to designs by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger. Its building history involved some of the most prominent Italian architects of the 16th century, including Michelangelo, Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola and Giacomo della Porta. At the end of the 16th century, the important fresco cycle of The Loves of the Gods in the Farnese Gallery was carried out by the Bolognese painter Annibale Carracci, marking the beginning of two divergent trends in painting during the 17th century, the Roman High Baroque and Classicism. The famous Farnese sculpture collection, now in the National Archeological Museum of Naples, as well as other Farnese collections, now mostly in Capodimonte Museum in Naples, were accommodated in the palace.
  • Have to pre book, but good guide and worth the visit to see renaissance Rome at its peak.
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