Located at Via della Lungara no. 230, is the Villa della Farnesina, originally built as the private residence of banker Agostino Chigi between 1505 and 1520, following the design of Baldassarre Peruzzi. It later changed hands to the Farnese family in 1590.
The very wealthy Mr. Chigi used the complex to host lavish receptions and banquets. He would have his guests throw silver platters into the Tiber River and his servants would later fetch them out with nets that had been hidden underwater.
After the splendid life of Agostino, and then being used as a Landsknechte camp during the Sack of Rome, the villa was purchased by Cardinal Alessandro Farnese in the late 1500s. The name of Farnesina was given to this villa to distinguish it from Palazzo Farnese on the other side of the river. Based on a design by Michelangelo, a bridge across the Tiber was to connect the two Farnese properties.
The villa was later passed on to the Borbone family, and then to the Duke of Ripalta through a long-term lease. It was finally purchased by the Italian government as seat for the Accademia d’Italia. Now the property belongs to the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.
The villa is known for its frescos inspired by classic myths and painted by Peruzzi, Raffael, Sebastiano del Piombo, and Sodoma.
The current entrance is at the rear of the building (the main facade is the one with two lateral avant-corps). The main feature characterizing the construction and decor is the close connection between the gardens and villa, as if each represented an ideal continuation of the other.
Open from Monday to Saturday from 9.00am to 2.00pm (last admission at 1.40pm)
Special opening on the second Sunday of each month from 9.00am to 5.00pm (last admission at 4.40pm)
Extraordinary opening 2019
Sunday 6 January, Monday 22 April, Thursday 25 April, Sunday 2 June, Sunday 8 December (h 9am-5pm)
Villa and Garden Guided Tour
On Saturday at 12.30pm (italian)
On Saturday at 10.00am (english)
Special opening on the second Sunday of each month at 3.00pm and 4.00pm (Italian)
Extraordinary opening: on the second Sunday of the Month
Villa’s tour guided (italian) with music at 12.30pm (reservation required)
Extraordinary opening upon request, depending on the approval of the Director.
For further informartion:
Mrs. Virginia Lapenta, tel. +39 06 68 02 73 97, e-mail: email@example.com
The special visits, for the duration of two hours, once paid cannot be refunded.