Take an amazing guided tour inside Villa Farnesina. The most wonderful and harmonious creations of the Italian Renaissance ever designed It is a masterpiece in which architectural design and pictorial decoration fuse in¬to a single marvelous synthesis.
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Take a fabulous opportunity to be guided for 3 hours inside the most wonderful Renaissance Villa ever built in the heart of Rome, Trastevere. Your guide will lead you, will tell you, will amazed you with all the art and facts of this unique place, Villa Farnesina. Built in the early sixteenth century,this is one of the noblest and most harmonious creations of the Italian Renaissance. It is a masterpiece in which architectural design and pictorial decoration fuse into a single marvelous synthesis. The sober and spacious layout of the Villa, devised by the architect Baldassarre Peruzzi, is indeed the perfect setting for its rich interior decoration, boasting frescoes by great masters such as Raphael, Sebastiano del Piombo, Giovanni Antonio Bazzi known as Sodoma, and Peruzzi himself. After a somewhat troubled history and many changes of ownership, the villa now bears the name and preserves the memory of the Farnese family, who acquired it in 1579 in violation of the binding legal conditions imposed by its original owner. It should really have been named after Agostino Chigi, the highly ambitious patron and art-lover who was born in Sienna in 1466 and who commissioned the Villa as the tangible sign of his own personality and high culture, decorating it magnificently and living in it until his death in 1520. Before moving into the Farnesina, Agostino Chigi lived in a house in Via dei Banchi with his young wife Margherita Saracini, who died childless in 1508. He then embarked on an affair with the courtesan Imperia, famous for her beauty and culture, who bore him a daughter, Lucrezia. But even before the death of Imperia in 1511 he had begun to court Margherita Gonzaga, the natural daughter of Francesco Gonzaga, Marquis of Mantua; he failed to pull this marriage off however, even though he had promised to give up all his business interests so as to appease the prejudices of the Mantuan court. In 1511, on a debt-collecting mission to Venice, he met a young girl of humble origins, Francesca Ordeaschi, and lived with her as her common-law husband until 1519. In that year on the feast of St Augustine, no doubt prompted by a sense his own mortality, he decided to regularise his position with a proper wedding and at the same time dictated his Will. The wedding banquet was a memorable event, but no less sumptuous were the many feasts that Agostino gave, especially in the last years of his life, when he welcomed into his new home the foremost personalities of the age: poets, princes, cardinals, even the pope himself. The chroniclers record for example that in 1518, on the occasion of the christening of the eldest child Lorenzo Leone, gold and silver vessels used for the banquet were flung into the Tiber as a sign of munificence (though it appears that the wily banker had ordered nets to be laid on the river bed so that the valuable objects could be recovered the next day). After its acquisition by Cardinal Alessandro Farnese the Younger, and after the death of his nephew Odoardo who inherited it, the Villa was abandoned, being occasionally lent to important visitors to Rome such as Cardinal Richelieu, Cardinal Frederick of Assia-Darmstadt, Queen Christina of Sweden and various ambassadors of Louis XIV. In 1735 the Villa was bequeathed by Elisabetta Farnese to Carlo IV, King of the Two Sicilies, and became the residence of various Neapolitan ambassadors until Francesco II of Naples, having retired to Rome after his abdication, granted a 99-year lease on the Farnesina to the Spanish ambassador of Naples, Salvador Bermudez de Castro, the duke of Ripalta. Finally the Villa was acquired in 1927 by the State, which used it to house the Italian Academy and in 1944 gave it to the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, housed in the nearby Palazzo Corsini.
Via dei Riari, 58, 00165 Roma, Italia Meeting is situated at the Mea Tours Office in Via Dei Riari 58, Trastevere. Close to the Villa Farnesina and Palazzo Corsini. The tour terminates at Piazza Farnese.