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“An incredible, unexpected gem”
Review of Palazzo Farnese

Palazzo Farnese
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Caprarola
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed 13 August 2014

If it was sitting elsewhere in Europe there would be a queue of hundreds of visitors all summers, coffee bars and postcard stands everywhere.

As this is Italy we could visit it TOTALLY ALONE. You will not find anything like that. Not even a lift!The place is literally a gem. It is enormous, it has a strange pentagonal shape and is situated on the top of the old village of Caprarola, visible from tens of km of distance.

Inside, it's just amazing: the stairs bringings up, and every single room is totally painted with coloured frescos. Everything looks like the Farnese moved away yesterday and nobody touched everything. Even some of the windows glasses are the original. The garden is fabulous, with a cave covered with faunos and other embellishment.

At the end of the tour you will visit the maps room, completely covered with frescos representing the various continents and, on the ceiling, a fantastic fresco of the constellation.

It's a pity this is so forgotten, but from the tourist point of view that is a plus.

That's Italy... pure fascination.

Date of experience: August 2014
5  Thank pagheca
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

This is a beautiful history lesson of the true story of the Farnese family the rooms were designated for doing salacious things that Popes were not supposed to do and despite the lovely themes, the one room for the Roman and Greek mythological features and they have really kept up the renovations of frescos were beautiful. I enjoyed this but if you are Catholic you must be ashamed of what these powerful people did with the power that they wielded.

Date of experience: May 2014
1  Thank ManiagoRina
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

What we saw of the Palazzo Farnese was very interesting -- but basically only one room. The gardens were shut as was most of the Palazzo, except for the main public room just beyond the entrance. Needless to say, none of this information was communicated until after collecting the admission fee. Apparently it is common for significant parts of it to be closed, so try to check before going. We found a wide disparity in Lazio between those attractions where the staff was engaged and those where they couldn't care less about visitors -- this clearly fell in the latter category.

Date of experience: May 2014
1  Thank ADPRM
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

We went as part of a coach tour. To the surprise of the tour manager, coaches now have to park some distance away, involving a longish walk through the small town along streets with no footpaths - a dangerous procedure.
The palazzo was beautiful, though the lady who walked round with the group (and told us nothing) seemed pretty abrupt and unfriendly - an Italian jobsworth.
These things didn't spoil the visit, but it could have been better - especially the coach parking. Couldn't it be permitted to drop the party outside, then park elsewhere? Do they want visitors?

Date of experience: April 2014
2  Thank David O
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

Like Villa Lante, Villa Farnese at Caprarola,sits on a rise overlooking the narrow streets and rooftops of a medieval town - but everything here is a couple of notches grander. the ascent through the town is steeper,the surrounding landscape more rugged,the view from the entrance more mountainous,and the villa itself is far more imposing.
The house here is atrue palace with acres of frescoed and gilded chambers that fit together in a complex pentagonal design. At the rear,a stone bridge over the dry moat leads to a walled garden with four tree-shaded squares with a waist-high boxwood outline.
While absorbing the aura of the place,we noticed " a secret garden" with trellised climbing roses and grapes and a series of rough earthern steps bordered by masses of Camilia and Rhododendron. Until the trees parted and we emerged on the first fountain of Casina de Piacere. The goat head stood out with water gushing from every orifice - mouth, nose, eyes and ears. The flow of water was fed by a cascade spilling off a colossal goblet to a pair of river gods reclining amid bubbling stone pots.
The next level up, the swirls of stone and spray gave way to a serene geometry of neatly clipped foliage. I had reached the famous Terrace of the Herms - two squares of smooth grass and clipped box edged with a low stone wall on which a collection of 28 males and females Herms,each with an urn balanced in its head. The eerie stillness was reminiscent of Japanese gardens pared down to its essence: i never dreamed that severe formality and rampant pomp could create so surreal a space.

Date of experience: July 2013
1  Thank Eli B
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