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Villa Farnesina

#65 of 1,486 things to do in Rome
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Address: Via della Lungara 230, Rome, Italy
Phone Number:
39 6 68027268
09:00 - 14:00
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Beautiful frescoes

Villa Farnesina is a must see when one is exhausted by the crowds of Trastavere. We were advised to go early to avoid large crowds and were there just after 9 am. It's an... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Kate C
Vanderbijlpark, South Africa
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Vanderbijlpark, South Africa
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Villa Farnesina is a must see when one is exhausted by the crowds of Trastavere. We were advised to go early to avoid large crowds and were there just after 9 am. It's an absolutely stunning villa with each room decorated in frescoes by Masters such as Raphael (his Galatea is located there). Absolutely worthwhile to get the audio guide... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sitting just across the Tiber, in Trastevere, this delightful 16th century palazzo (1506-1510) was built for Agoste Chigi, a powerful banker (what has changed?) and treasurer to pope Julius II. In 1577 it was acquired by pope Alessandro Farnese, hence the name. After that the property had many owners, but that's not relevant here. The (original) furniture is all gone,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It is a must for Rafael's frescoes and the charming history of the place. The announced open time was not respected - as elsewhere in Italy.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Wow!!!! The frescos in this 16th century Villa/Palazzo are simply amazing. Do take the audio guides to fully appreciate the history of this site. The Italianate gardens are great too although I'm. It quite sure why one can only visit them with a guided tour on Saturdays. Watch the opening hours as some day the close at 2pm

1 Thank stephan j
New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

While this may not necessarily be a 'must see' item on most traveler's itineraries, it's worth a stop if you have time & want to go a little off the beaten path. The villa isn't very big so you can browse the interior and rooms as well as stroll around the gardens in 2 hours, or less. It certainly has... More 

1 Thank Maly A
Grand Junction, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

This home is so well worth looking for and on the day I visited few tourists, so it was a treasure. The excessive design is overwhelming as everywhere you look is something astounding. Take your time, look up, look down, and be amazed at what money could buy.

1 Thank rob2269
Ampthill, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2017

Really, the Villa Farnesina should be named after it's founder and not it's later owners. The insanely wealthy banker and Papal Treasurer Agostino Chigi had the villa built and decorated in the early sixteenth century as a symbol of his power and influence. He commissioned many of the foremost artists of the time including Raphael, to complete the interior for... More 

3 Thank Colin H
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 31 December 2016

This is an old Roman villa, with every room's ceiling and walls filled with fresco paintings. Unlike a lot of frescos in Rome, these are in pristine condition with good lighting. Rafael's workshop did many of them. I wish there had been a bit more info about the paintings and the history of the villa, but the place is definitely... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

My daughters, who are 10 and 15, loved this villa so much they asked me to find more to visit! Music to my ears...

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Attard, Malta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

We were lucky to find this place in Trastevere, and even luckier to have a great guide just to ourselves for a 90 minutes' tour.

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