Hours: Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., closed on Sunday and holidays. 


From Termini station take the H bus, near the station. Get off after the ponte Garibaldi, (stop: "Belli"), pass by the river towards St. Peter's (with the river on the right) up to piazza Trilussa, continue to via di Santa Dorotea. Go past piazza S. Giovanni della Malva, follow the street and at the crossroad, turn right passing under the arch of the porta Settimiana. Follow via della Lungara up to n. 230.  

From piazza Venezia, take the tram #8 (direction: "Casaletto") and get off at the first stop after the bridge - "Belli". If, instead, you're coming from the Roma Trastevere railway station, take said tram line towards "p.za Venezia" and get off at the "Belli" stop. Once there, follow the instructions above.

Alternatively, you can take the underground - line A to Termini station (direction: "Battistini") and get off at "Lepanto", where you can take bus # 280, towards "P.le dei Partigiani". Get off at the "Farnesina/Trilussa" stop. With the river on your right, go down the first street on the left (Salita del Buon Pastore), after which turn left at via della Lungara; then, follow this street up to n. 230. 

The Villa Farnesina was built in the early 16th century for the rich Senese banker Agostino Chigi: it's one of the most beautiful buildings of the Italian Renaissance and was designed by the architect Baldassarre Peruzzi. The interior has frescoes by the great artists Raphael, Sebastiano del Piombo, Giovanni Antonio Bazzi (who was nicknamed "Sodoma"...) and Peruzzi. In 1579, the Farnese Family acquired the villa and gave its name to the the building.  

Agostino Chigi was born in Siena, in 1466, and died in 1520. He commissioned the villa in order to show off his erudition and wealth (his family were merchants who became bankers) and had it decorated by the some of the greatest artists of its time; he lived in it until his death. Studying with his father, Agostino became familiar with the finances of the Papal States: when the Pope Alexander VI was elected in 1492, business increased for the Senese bankers. Agostino thus became very rich, lending large sums of money to Cesare Borgia, the Medicis, the Montefeltros and the French king Charles VIII. He also owned the alum mines in Tolfa (this material was used to dye fabrics). Agostino became the owner of the monopoly and was also a close friend of the succeeding Popes, entertaining the most important princes and cardinals. 

Later, after the Farnese family bought the villa, it was abandoned and lent to important people like Queen Christina of Sweden. Finally, in 1927, the Italian government took it over an it is now a museum.  

Photos are allowed inside.

Web: Villa Farnesina

The façade of the Villa Farnesina. There is a beautiful garden in front of it.

 This is the Loggia of Cupid and Psyche.


One of the ceiling paintings was done by Raphael and his workshop. It shows the Marriage of Cupid and Psyche.

The Salon of the Perspectives.

One of the decorated doors.

Every surface on the walls is covered with a painting.

 Wedding Night of Alexander the Great by Il Sodoma.

Alexander the Great tames Bucephalus. The artist was Il Sodoma (Giovanni Antonio Bazzi).

Alexander the Great and the Mother of Darius was painted by Il Sodoma.