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“Opulence in Trastevere”
Review of Villa Farnesina

Villa Farnesina
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Rome Trastevere and Villa Farnesina Private...
Ranked #55 of 1,994 things to do in Rome
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

This villa is spectacular. We stumbled upon it while we were walking in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome. This villa was built by the wealthiest man in Europe during the early 1500s. He was so wealthy he lent money to kings and popes.

The rooms are opulent with many of the walls and frescoes painted by artists, such as Raphael. Bring binoculars so that you can see everything up close. The admission is reasonable and you are given a laminated card that gives you some brief details about each room. I suggest that you bring your guidebook, such as Rick Steve's, along with you to get some of the interesting background stories behind many of the paintings.

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Reviewed 27 April 2014

The walls, floors and ceilings are richly decorated. The staircase is beautiful. There were no crowds when we visited. In most of the rooms it was just the two of us and a monitor. Take the time to visit.

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Reviewed 26 April 2014

Superb frescoes. Information sheets in various languages. Not particularly busy either. Somewhere to visit if you enjoy art.

Thank Douglas645
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Reviewed 18 April 2014 via mobile

Very nice palace. Very few tourists. The museum is pretty small but when visiting with kids it is for sure advantage. There are nice places around to visit in sunny day.

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Reviewed 18 February 2014

The walk through charming Trastevere is part of the fun, but you have to use your imagination when you go through the city gate to remember that the Villa was outside the walls, in gardens, and with a river view. Now its setting feels a bit municipal, but the Villa is still a treasure. The Galatea fresco by Raphael is the famous one, but there is a whole suite of frescoed rooms, and a magnificent marble staircase, in this renaissance banker's pleasure-dome. It is worth remembering that Cardinal Farnese didn't change the decor when he acquired it, which tells you something of the breadth of outlook of these churchmen. You can feel immersed in the culture of renaissance humanism here. Well worth seeking out.

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