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Villa Farnesina, Rome

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Villa Farnesina is a Renaissance villa and a former cardinal’s palace, once used for entertaining guests. The highlight of this attraction is the artwork. You will find stunning paintings here, including a famous fresco of the nymph Galatea in the first loggia. There is also an impressive marble staircase, tapestries, and antique decor. Before you leave, check out the peaceful gardens surrounding the building. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Villa Farnesina by using our Rome vacation planner.
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  • We visited the villa on 7 April and were dazzled by so much beauty. In Rome there are many wonders and this is truly not to be missed. We recommend the audioguide. Only drawback: because the visit time is up at 14?
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  • Before joining the Council for a walk through the alleys of the charming Italian garden surrounding the villa; that's where you will find a stimulating incision in Latin that I translate: If you come here, what seems ugly to me is beautiful: If you like, stay, if you don't like it go away; anyway thanks. In appearance the "palazzina" on two levels, unknown to most people, is of typical Renaissance architecture as Renaissance paintings in harmonious classical interiors with frescoes reproducing mythological legends with the charm of the fantastic tale. There is much to appreciate in the halls that offer wonderful works of art unique and refined: on the ground floor, the triumph of Galatea of Raphael and the Polyphemus of Sebastiano del Piombo are surmounted by once with paintings in the Peruzzi aimed at representing the pagan astrology; in the adjoining room the mythological tale of Cupid and psyche, frescoed by Raphael's pupils. The room overlooks the garden, and these bright frescoes, with their many garlands of fruits and flowers, have to be seen in relation with the pleasant scenery outside. On the first floor the astounding architectural perspectives of Baldassarre Peruzzi represent the ideal continuation of the lodges of the ground floor through a fake Loggia that transmits the optical illusion of the face looking out towards an imaginary landscape. Finally the innermost room, the bedroom of banker Agostino Chigi with frescoes by Sodoma with three scenes from the life of Alexander the great. Enjoy your visit.
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  • Sitting just across the Tiber, in Trastevere, this delightful 16th century palazzo (1506-1510) was built for Agoste Chigi, a powerful banker (what has changed?) and treasurer to pope Julius II. In 157...  more »
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  • Villa Farnesina was interesting and beautiful to look at. Would recommend the audioguide, as it gave more information about frescoes and other paintings and their significance.
  • Amazing! The paintings are beautiful! It is a must see.
  • A beautiful villa with a stunning loggia. Helps to take a tour as there is a lot of interesting history about the owners.
  • A little Renaissance country villa with spectacular frescos, and a reasonable price (tailored to the number of rooms). Still, the loggia alone is worth the price. Wonderful.
  • Beautiful frescos and garden with orange and lemon trees. Open on Mondays when other museums are closed. Small number of rooms open but well worth a deteur away from the crowds.