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All reviews beautiful frescoes trompe l'oeil via della trastevere district sixteenth century pope julius ii farnese family renaissance architecture wall paintings nice museum the main attraction interesting history audio guide other attractions on display take your time sistine chapel
We were alone in the Villa until one other couple joined us. The frescoes are wonderfully preserved and it’s fun to identify the Roman myths and see sixteenth century graffiti and lots of eye trickery.
I was told by a friend living in Ferrara that this was a must see Roman attraction and I wasn't disappointed. The rooms are dizzying in their opulence and grandeur. In the one understated room (compared to the others) the fresco of hanging drapes is...More
A short walk north across the Tiber down from Ponte Mazzini, is a magnificent Renaissance Villa, the Villa Farnesina. Enter via Via della Lungara, through the gate marked "Accademia Dei Lincei".
Villa Farnesina was built by a wealthy banker from Siena, Agostino Chigi, between 1506...More
The access is not on the river frontage but from the opposite side on Via Della Paglia - not clear on our map or in our guide book.
The entrance is hardly signposted either - just a narrow gateway.
The frescoes are worth the walk...More
Strange to title a review with a tip on location, but it was surprisingly dauntingly difficult for us to find Villa Farnesina. And since they are only open until 2, and we were only finally directed as to where it was around 1:15, we had...More
At only 5 Euros this private villa turned museum is a bargain. The frescos and the ceilings are gorgeous. The real splendor are in the surrounding grounds. Unfortunately some of the more magnificent cortili were blocked off. I first saw them from the eindows of...More
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.
Yes, you could enjoy the Villa Farnesina in just an hour or so. It is a small private villa turned museum. So you could easily see it all in one hour and even linger in some of the rooms within that time and spend time with... More
Yes, you could enjoy the Villa Farnesina in just an hour or so. It is a small private villa turned museum. So you could easily see it all in one hour and even linger in some of the rooms within that time and spend time with the frescoes.
Capitoline Museums - best to be skipped? (8 Replies)
Hello, we will be visiting Vatican Museums, Galleria Doria Pamphilj, Galleria Borghese and Villa Farnesina and will have no time for Capitoline Museums. We know the museums have rich collections but is it the best to be skipped among the mentioned ones?
March 30, 2017|
It's a personal decision typically based on study, interest, and time. In my case, I visited the Vatican first, the Capitoline second, and the Borghese third, on separate trips. I didn't get to the others until later trips. But I've been visiting Rome for several decades and I've been to these museums more than once.
One place in Trastevere (9 Replies)
Hello, I had a change in my original itinerary and now I have a prebooked tour and concert at Villa Farnesina on a Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Since Trastevere was not on my original plans, would you please suggest an additional place in that neighborhood to visit and also a fairly priced restaurant (or pizzeria) in that area? Thanks
May 15, 2012|
Maybe Santa Cecilia in Trastevere, a 5th century church built over an ancient Roman house (which you can visit). There a lots of moderately priced restaurants in that area.
tour guides, Hadrian's Villa, and Villa Farnesina (3 Replies)
Less than 2 weeks until our trip begins! 1. Which sites in Rome are best toured with a knowledgable guide? I am leaning toward the Forum with guide, using audio guide or book with Colosseum and Campus Martius area. Also, wondering about the need for a guide in the sites listed in my next question 2. Always choices! Between Hadrian's Villa and Villa Farnesina, how would you spend our half day? My kids have studied Latin so HV, but the quiet and frescoes of Renaissance VH sound delightful....More
August 13, 2014|
1) I agree that the forum should be seen with a guide or at least an audio guide. There really are no other sites that I would say you "need" a guide for but if visiting the Vatican museums a guide will help you through the many many rooms there. 2) That's really a personal choice. I would pick HV but that's just me. You might want to ask the rest of the family to see which they prefer or try to fit in both if they are that important to you. 3) I like the eyewitness guides and the...More