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Review of Villa Farnesina

Villa Farnesina
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Villa Farnesina Small Group Tour
Ranked #61 of 1,516 things to do in Rome
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Oakland, California, United States
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47 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
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
2 Thank Pam S
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“Well worth the visit--Loggia of Cupie and Psyche extraordinary”
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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129 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Worth the visit!”
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Off the beaten path”
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
1 Thank Andrew C
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A Renaissance Gem”
Reviewed June 26, 2012

Check the opening hours before you go. It took several trips to Rome before I got in. Frescoes are fabulous and I love the scale of the building. Haven't seen the gardens completed but I think they will add immeasurably to the experience.

Visited May 2012
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