The palace is a real jewel of 16th century arhitecture and a Cardinal Alessandro Farnesse desire for grandiness. No wonder that he become a progressive renaissance pope .The construction lasted only 27 years and from the first idea of building a fortress it become a splendid palace with only a fine touch of fortress elements. The palace has a surprising stairways for that times that led directly from the ground floor (from the stables) to the noble floor. Also it has oval attrium beautifully frescoed in the middle of the palace. The rooms as well as a the stairway itself are spectacular because they are all fresco painted from the walls to the ceilings, what is most interesting everything is fully preserved including the excellent world map room as they knew the world mid 16th century, the room dedicated to grandure of Farnese family and so many others rooms and painntings. Dont miss the perfect stairways, statues, fountains and terraces leading to the the Palace of pleasure (Piacere) which is unfortunetly under reconstruction. The ticket is reasonable, cc 10eur for 2 persons, and you have exccelent Italian guide (unfortunately the english guide is not available, at least when we were there). Definitely one of the nicest palaces we saw.
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