Villa Farnesina
Villa Farnesina
4.5
Monday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Neighborhood: Trastevere
Trastevere ("beyond the Tiber") is like a faded postcard, a little worn around the edges but still charming. With its wide-open piazzas, meandering streets, weathered Renaissance buildings, and overgrown personality, it's become an irresistible mecca for visitors. Trastevere is an enclave of entertainment - a rotating set of street performers entertains almost every night, and unforgettable eateries and bars pepper its piazzas and side streets. For a trip to the past, visit the southern and western flanks of Trastevere for pockets of yesteryear, less traversed areas with a residual 1960s and 70s Roman vibe.
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EmilyMartha
Newark, NJ279 contributions
Aug 2021
Such a disappointment: The Raphael Galatea is under restoration, the ticket is pricey, and the guards are rude. There is nowhere to sit down, despite the urge one has to do so to appreciate the ceiling art -- such as the images of Psyche and Cupid, which are available to view. Unreal that one pays only a few dollars more to have a delightful experience at so many other museums in Rome. Skip this one! Terrible experience.
Written August 21, 2021
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MikesWanders
Charlotte, NC143 contributions
Jul 2022
I'm sure I would have rated this museum higher, if only I would have been able to see all of it.

My wife, daughter and I went last week. We had read about the art and were excited to see it first hand. The first floor was fine. The second floor contains the Hall of Perspectives (I think that is what it is called) and several other not interesting rooms with typewriters and photos. The Hall of Perspectives was completely blocked with scaffolding and, thus, could not be viewed.

On the way out, I checked to see if we had been given a break on the ticket cost; nope. I looked for a sign that said there was restoration work; nope. After our visit I looked at their webpage to see if there had been anything mentioned; there was, 2/3 of the way down and stuck in with Covid information.

Would we have paid full price to see only the first floor? I'm not sure. Would it be reasonable for them to post the restorations at the ticket counter? Positively.
Written July 19, 2022
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Claude M
Vence, France934 contributions
Feb 2023
We visited when the top floor was under repairs, so a little disappointed (even if the ticket was 30% lower). The Raphael ceiling is beautiful. One can see the influence of Michelangelo. The video showing what the villa looked like in Roman times was extremely interesting and well done.
Written February 28, 2023
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michael b
cork, ireland18 contributions
Dec 2011 • Couples
The Villa Farnesina on the Via della Lungara, directly opposite the Palazzo Corsini. It is a little out of the way, but well, well worth the effort of getting there. It is about a twenty minute walk along the Tiber from St Peter's Square, and is easy enough to find with a decent street map of Rome. Alternatively, just take a taxi - about eight euro from the city centre.

We arrived shortly after opening at about 9.30am and more or less had the place to ourselves for the first hour. Inside, the Villa is home to some of the most wonderful works of art to be found in the City, but the real attraction is the truly magical Raphael frescoes.

These spread across the ceilings and around the walls in a seemingly endless vista of colour demonstrating - through one of the most technically demanding mediums - Raphael's mastery of colour and composition ... and perspective. His application of perspective here really has to be seen to be believed. There is one room which seems to have a large window overlooking the city, with large marble pillars framing the window.
I had been admiring it for some time, before it dawned on me that I was actually looking a flat wall! This trick is replicated several time in the ceilings too, with its apparent curved mansard windows which are actually entirely painted frescoes.

Outside, the Villa has a small but very pleasant garden with a variety of fruit trees. In the first week of December, the trees still had fresh limes and lemons growing.

All in all, a wonderful experience and well worth the small effort of finding the place, and the small entrance cost.
Written January 7, 2012
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Simone A
17 contributions
Dec 2017 • Solo
Yesterday I visited villa Farnesina. As it is well known, it used to be Agostino Chigi and Francesca Ordeaschi's suburban villa, a place for hedonistic yet cultivated leisure.
Accademia dei Lincei does its best to keep this spirit alive: there is a little "giardino all'italiana" with targets on every plant, there are fountains. All is clean and lovely.
Inside, the lights make the frescoes more enjoyable, which is not a common thing.
I didn't need a guide, but I appreciated the exhibition at the first floor on Giovanni da Udine's garlands. There is even a tiny, but well furnished, bookshop.
This place has become one of my favourites in Rome.
Written December 30, 2017
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Alexis K
Edmonton, Canada220 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
We enjoyed our time at this small museum. It only has about 5 rooms, and there are frescoes by Raphael and a few other Renaissance artists. This museum wasn't crowded and we were able to spend a lot of time in the museum and really examine the art. They were sold out of audio guides, but they had a plastic sheet that described the paintings. In some rooms, they had chairs so you can sit down and really stare at the paintings and absorb some of the details. This is a nice museum if you're in the area, or if you're sick of the crowds from some of the bigger museums.
Written September 26, 2016
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armida907
Rome, Italy116 contributions
Oct 2019
This Villa was built 500 years ago for a rich banker from Siena and his wedding, the best architect Peruzzi, the best painter Raphael with others to decorate his ballrom and bedroom
and more.
Forget about the crowds and pushing inside the Vatican museums, relax and enjoy this wonderful treasure near Trastevere, one block from the river.
An amazing museum now enriched by the Exhibit dedicated to Leonardo. This continues across the street inside the Corsini Palace.
Another forgotten treasure built for a very wealthy family who also had amongst their guests Chrstine, the Queen of Sweden.
The painting Gallery is very interesting with major masterpieces and now inside the Library, another jewel, the exhibit about Leonardo continues.
Written October 21, 2019
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miricohuff2
Melbourne, Australia23 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
I arrived at 9 am, bought tickets for the palazzo and gardens, hired an audio guide and was enchanted. Two floors of wonderful frescos covering walls and ceilings. A beautiful garden but the main attraction is the art in the villa. All of this plus a very clean toilet.
Written June 10, 2018
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Kathleen C
Raleigh, NC50 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
When you see a review about a place with five rooms, you would think that wouldn't be worth it. But you would be wrong! This place was absolutely amazing, my husband and I spent almost 2 hours here, and didn't even walk around the gardens because it is January. A couple of these rooms rival the Rubens rooms in the Louvre. It's a hidden treasure, so no big crowds. Staff was friendly. Highly recommended.
Written January 25, 2018
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Bkbk66
Adelaide, Australia16 contributions
Dec 2016 • Family
My daughters, who are 10 and 15, loved this villa so much they asked me to find more to visit! Music to my ears...
Written December 30, 2016
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