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“The best of Raphael frescoes”
Review of Villa Farnesina

Villa Farnesina
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Rome Trastevere and Villa Farnesina Private Walking Tour
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

We initially viewed the Villa Farnesina on our first trip to Rome. We had about an hour. Later we lived in Rome for six weeks, very, very close to the villa, and went back twice more for a total of 6 hours. If you are a fan of Raphael, you must visit this place; the frescoes are vivid and rich with detail. If you are not a big fresco fan or Raphael lover, you can probably get by without this stop, but it is magnificent nonetheless.

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Reviewed May 20, 2013

The Villa Farnesina was built in the early 16th century for the rich Sienese banker Agostino Chigi. It is one of the most beautiful buildings of the Italian Renaissance and was designed by the architect Baldassarre Peruzzi. The interior has frescoes by the great artists Raphael, Sebastiano del Piombo, Giovanni Antonio Bazzi (known as Sodoma) and Peruzzi.
In 1579 the Farnese Family acquired the villa and gave its name to the villa.

Agostini Chigi was born in Sienna in 1466 and died in 1520. He ordered the villa to show off his culture and his personality. He decorated it to the maximum level of beauty and lived in it until his death. His family were merchants who became bankers. He studied with his father and became familiar with the finances of the Papal States. When the Borgia Pope Alexander VI was elected in 1492, business increased for the Sienese bankers. Agostini became very rich lending large sums of money to Cesare Borgia, the Medicis, theMontefeltros and the French King Charles VIII. He also owned the alum mines in Tolfa and this material was used in dyeing fabrics. Agostini became the owner of the monopoly. Agostini was also a close friend of the succeeding Popes. He entertained the most important princes, cardinals, and the Pope.

Later after the Farnese Family bought the villa, the villa was abandoned and lent to important people like Queen Christina of Sweden. Finally in 1927 the Italian Government took it over and now it is a museum.

Photography is allowed in the museum.

2  Thank BennyMalaga
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

This beautiful villa in Trastevere has stunning frescoes - including The Truimph of Galatea by Rafeal. Classical music plays softly as you wander through the rooms and there is a small formal garden outside with roses and citrus plants. When we visited there were few other tourists and we were able to enjoy this gorgeous villa and its art in relative peace! Well worth a visit and a welcome respite from some of the busier tourist sites in Rome

3  Thank Jayne H
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Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

You get access for 5 rooms at the villa, 2 of them have frescos from rafael. Nothing you wouldnt see in one of the endless churches in rome.

3  Thank Sagi A
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

The main room of the Villa Farnesina is frescoed by Raphael and his friends. Like the Sistine Chapel, its walls and ceiling are covered with frescoes of various sizes, including lunettes. The only difference is that you do not have to undergo long lines and, if you go in the morning, the frescoes are well lit by natural sunlight. The frescoes, moreover, the main one of which is Raphael's Galatea, are wonderfully beautiful. In an adjacent room, similar frescoes depict the marriage of Eros and Pysche. Not only are they beautiful to see, but you can stand there as long as you want looking at them without being pressured by crowds. On the second floor are wonderful trompe l'oeil paintings of city and country that did, in fact, fool my eye no matter how long I looked at them. Wonderful experience!

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