Villa Farnesina, masterpiece of roman Renaissance

Raffaello,_banchetto_nuziale_02The Villa Farnesina on Via della Lungara in Trastevere in Rome is one of the pearls of the Renaissance as well as the result of enlightened patronage of the rich Sienese banker Agostino Chigi (1466-1520). The architect of the complex is Baldassare Peruzzi who will also carry remarkable frescoes inside.

Photos from the official website of the Villa

The real protagonist of decorative campaign is Raffaello, head of the construction site that boasts artists such as Giulio Romano, Gianfrancesco Penni and Giovanni da Udine. The foreign ministry is identified with the golden age of the early Renaissance Rome, just when the meeting takes place between Raphael and Rome; the villa of Agostino Chigi in fact, is the first example in the City of perfect harmony between nature, architecture, decoration and exhibition of the early sixteenth century culture. Among the masterpieces by Raphael in the Villa: the horoscope on the ceiling in the Loggia of Galatea performed in 1511 celebrating the birth of the customer “under the auspices of the stars and he devotes his life beyond death” and “The Triumph of Galatea”; the frescoes of “Cupid and Psyche” cycle in the Psyche Loggia consists of “The nuptial feast” and “The council of the gods” (both 1518). Other unpredictable wonders that can be admired in the villa are: the buildings of contemporary Rome in the “Hall of the Perspectives” by Baldassare Peruzzi (1519) and the fresco of “The Marriage of Alexander and Roxanne” (1519) by the painter Giovanni Antonio Bazzi, called Sodoma.

Villa-Farnesina_Raffaello_Roma_51The entrance of Villa Farnesina is on Via Lungara 230, Rome. It’s possible to visit from Monday to Saturday from 9 to 14. The ticket price is 6 euro.
To get to the villa from Termini take the bus 64 from Termini station and get off at Lungotevere della Farnesina.

Not to be missed

The Gardens of the Villa
Loggia of Galatea
Loggia of Cupid and Psyche
Gallery of Grotesques

Open Monday-Saturday (9 am-2 pm)
Closed on Sunday and holidayOpen second Sunday of month

The Villa will be open the second sunday of each month.
Next openings:Sunday April 10 2016 (9 am – 5 pm). At 12.30 pm guided tour in italian with live music renaissance (reservation required), 3 pm and 4 pmMonday April 25 (9 am – 2 pm).
Guided tour at 12.30 am (reservation required)
Info: +39 06 68027268;

On Saturday at 10 am (english), at 12.30 (italian)
Audio guides are available to visitors (italian and english)

The opening of the Villa Farnesina is granted to anyone who requests it, unless there is a special approval from the Management department. Requests will only be accepted for a group with a minimum of 30 visitors, with a charge of 360,00 euros.

Full price ticket : 6 Euro
Reduced price ticket : 5 Euro
Schools: 3 Euro
Gardens visit: 2 Euro

Ph.: +39 06 68 02 72 68
Ph.: +39 06 68 02 73 97



2 comments to “Villa Farnesina, masterpiece of roman Renaissance”
  1. Mi permetto di correggere l’attribuzione della Volta dell’Oroscopo a Raffaello. L’esecuzione si deve a Baldassarre Peruzzi, massimo ideatore del programma iconografico e architetto della Villa.

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