Villa Farnesina, a well-kept secret

Villa Farnesina, a well-kept secret

Located in a lush garden in the district of Trastevere, the Villa Farnesina is home to fresco painting by some of the greatest artists of the Renaissance.

Be careful, because there are, on each bank of the Tiber, two properties that belonged to the illustrious Farnese family: the Farnese Palace, now the French Embassy; and the Villa Farnese, or Farnesina. It is the latter, the much more secret and quiet place, that interests us most. Commissioned in 1510 by the papal banker and patron Agostino Chigi, it was bought by Alexander Farnese in 1577.

It is an extremely peaceful spot, and its completely harmonious architecture houses works by the greatest masters of the Renaissance, including Raphael, Peruzzi, and Del Piombo.

At any moment of your visit to the loggia of Galatea, you will notice a symbiosis of architecture and painting, whose vaulted ceilings are covered in wonderful frescoes by Peruzzi. You will also feel the harmony of the interwoven flowers and plants painted by Raphael in the Loggia of Psyche, recalling the arbours of an outdoor garden. The highlight of your visit will undoubtedly be the hall containing multiple trompe-l'œil deceptive works.

Villa Farnesina
Via della Lungara 230
00165 Roma

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