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“a Renaissance villa away from the crowds” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Villa Farnesina

Villa Farnesina
Via della Lungara 230, Rome, Italy (Trastevere)
39 6 68027268
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Ranked #41 of 739 Attractions in Rome
Type: Art Museums, Historic Sites
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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“a Renaissance villa away from the crowds”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

Villa Farnesina deserves a visit; the frescos are delightful, full of life and joy and very well lit. The location in Trastevere makes this villa less frequented than other attractions in Rome, and the lack of crowds makes it so much more enjoyable to visit.

Visited November 2012
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Oakland, California, United States
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“OPEN MONDAYS !!! FIVE STARS”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Not only should you not miss this incredibly beautiful Villa, if you are in Rome on a Monday, almost all the museums are closed - but not this one!

I saw this on my second trip to Rome (Monday) when I had just one day in the city (in between flights). I found it perfect and breathtaking - the ceiling frescoes in the room of the Galatea are incredible. While Raphael has all the fame (and did one very fine work in this room) the rest of the ceiling is equally fine - in a different way. It's the horoscope of the patron/owner of the villa, painted in mythological and celestial images. I cannot imagine anything cooler.

The Psyche and Eros frescoes are also stunning, as are the frescoes in the upper floor of the house. This is one of the most intact villas in Rome, surrounded by gardens, in a beautiful and easily accessible part of Trastevere.

If you have not already seen the Santa Maria of Testevere, that makes a nice stop before or after the villa.

I also bought the book guide and the DVD of the villa for myself and for others as gifts. It is something very unique - and much more intimate and quiet. A good place where you can really absorb the experience of the art.

Also the gate/arch nearby is one of the very recognizable spots in the film To Rome With Love (Woody Allen) where Alec Baldwin first meets Jesse Eisenberg...

Visited November 2012
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Chico, California
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“Well worth the visit--Loggia of Cupie and Psyche extraordinary”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

The Villa Farnesina was one of the most impressive places we visited. It's a little difficult to find as it is not well posted and we almost gave up looking for it, but are glad we did not. It was not crowded and thee frescoes are incredible - especially the Loggia of Cupid and Psyche frescoed in 1518 by Raphael and his workshop. I could have stayed in this room all day--it was beautiful and so serene.

Visited October 2012
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Lake Grove, NY
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“Worth the visit!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Dramatic but visitor friendly look at Raphael, Peruzzi and Sodoma.
Surprisingly inexpensive look at the real thing in the proper environment.
It is a shame the gardens are only partially available for viewing.

Visited September 2012
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Austin, Texas
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“Off the beaten path”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

The art in this palace is incredible. However, it's hard to get to unless you take a taxi. Definitely worth a visit nonetheless.

Visited July 2012
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