VILLA FARNESINA AND TRASTEVERE

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The joyous atmosphere at the beginning of the Renaissance, rich and refined patrons and timeless artists, can be experienced in full on a visit to Villa Farnesina alla Lungara. Its name insolubly linked to the Farnese family, the Villa Farnesina came to play a leading role in the history of the city. For years it was the chosen residence of Agostino Chigi, one of the richest bankers in Rome at the beginning of the 1500s and a friend of Popes, painters, cardinals and writers. The villa, today the office of the prestigious Accademia dei Lincei, was constructed for the Sienan banker, Agostino Chigi by the architect Baldassarre Peruzzi, who created a property that was truly one of a kind, integrating it perfectly with its surrounding gardens that represented an ideal continuation of the property. The construction of the containment walls of the River Tiber have since altered and reduced the grounds of the villa. In the gardens were situated the majority of the classical statues of Agostino’s collection and here, near the river, the banker entertained his guests with huge banquets in which tens of courses were served. On one occasion it was noted that Agostino, wanting to demonstrate his wealth, ordered that all of the plates and silverware used during the meal were thrown into the Tiber...fortunately all of these finished up in a net, invisible to the guests, that had been attached specifically to recover everything! Once inside the villa it is still possible to feel the festive atmosphere at the beginning of the 1500s, passing through the room of Galatea, which retains on one of the walls the Nymph painted by Raffaello, to the loggia of Cupid and Psyche, which recounts the events of the two lovers and reflects, perhaps, the private life of Agostino, who in that very villa married his beloved Francesca Ordeaschi. It is believed that the ceremony took place in the great room of the upper floor, with its frescoes by Peruzzi and that the wedding was celebrated by the Pope in person. Once outside the villa the tour continues in Trastevere, a neighbourhood that has retained its genuine atmosphere and its interesting and evocative sights: here, between the shrines to the Madonna and the pizzerias we will walk to the Basilica of Santa Maria, symbol of the neighbourhood, to discover the legend behind its construction and admire the extraordinary works of art that fill it. These include the mosaics of the apse and others, further along, by Pietro Cavallini, one of the greatest Italian artists of the medieval period.

 

Incidentals: Entry Tickets- €5.00

Closed on Sunday

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Starts: 9:30 or 15:00

Ends: 12:30 or 18:00

Duration: 3 hours

 

 

Group: Max 6 adults

Private: Max 6 adults

Group Price: NA

 

Private Price: 240€

Meeting Point:

 

via della Lungara 230