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Rome: Villa Farnesina Renaissance Tour

1. Rome: Villa Farnesina Renaissance Tour

Enter a world of Renaissance luxury on a private Villa Farnesina tour. You'll discover spectacular frescoes whilst learning all about the life and work of Raphael and his contemporaries. This grand early-16th-century villa in Trastevere was once the private home of the banker Agostino Chigi, one of the wealthiest men in Europe at the time. Chigi hired some of the greatest painters of the age, including Raphael and Baldassare Peruzzi, to decorate the rooms of the villa. Throughout your visit to Villa Farnesina you’ll see masterpieces such as Raphael’s Galatea and Cupid, as well as the spectacular Hall of Perspective, accompanied by an expert guide who will you show the secrets of the villa as they guide you through the various gardens and sumptuously decorated rooms. During your visit to one of the most beautiful establishments in Rome, you’ll also gain a unique insight into the Renaissance high society.

Trastevere and Villa Farnesina: 3.5-Hour Private Tour

2. Trastevere and Villa Farnesina: 3.5-Hour Private Tour

Wander through the picturesque cobblestone streets of Rome's Trastevere neighborhood and admire the centuries-old gold mosaics in the Basilica of Santa Maria on this 3.5-hour private walking tour.  Meet your local guide outside the Villa Farnesina and admire the extensive fresco decorations by artists such as Raphael, whose lover was said to have lived in this district. Continue on to the Basilica of Santa Maria, one of the oldest churches in Rome, and the nearby Church of Santa Cecilia, known for its elaborate crypt and a magnificent Baroque-era sculpture of the saint. Walk past the pizzerias and lively restaurants that have made this neighborhood so famous and learn about this area's role in the city's history.

Rome: Hidden Trastevere and Villa Farnesina Private Tour

3. Rome: Hidden Trastevere and Villa Farnesina Private Tour

Begin your Hidden Trastevere tour at the Papal Pharmacy After arriving in Trastevere, we’ll make our way to the the medieval pharmacy of Santa Maria della Scala. This pharmacy started producing medicine for the papal court in the 16th century; the friars who lived adjacent cultivating and blending plants and spices to create remedies. Today, Santa Maria della Scala is seldom visited except by those local to the area, making it one of Trastevere’s last truly hidden gems. Visit the beautiful church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere The Church of Santa Cecilia in Trastevere houses some of the most beautiful Baroque sculptures anywhere in Rome. Its most famous example is Stefano Maderno’s Martyrdom of Saint Cecilia. But there is a wealth of other Renaissance and Baroque art to discover, which your professional guide will walk you through. Discover the Raphael Frescoes at Villa Farnesina Many people have heard of Trastevere, but few have heard of its most prized treasure: Villa Farnesina. This sixteenth century palace is a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture. Among its collection are frescoes by Raphael, which rival his artworks in the Vatican’s Raphael Rooms, and scenes of the life and times of Alexander the Great painted by Il Sodoma. Villa Farnesina was once a private home. Fortunately, its doors are now open for you to come and explore. Your guide can recommend an authentic wine bar or restaurant Trastevere is home to some of Rome’s finest food. We seek out the best of it on our Trastevere food tour. But after a day indulging on Renaissance art, you might not have the energy to explore Trastevere’s culinary hideouts. That’s why our expert local guide will be more than happy to recommend you a restaurant or trattoria where you can relax and wind down after a day of sightseeing.

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What people are saying about Villa Farnesina

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 10 reviews

Our tour of the Villa Farnesina with our guide, Guia, was outstanding. She was not only knowledgeable about the architecture and art, but she also provided other important perspectives. She understands and was able to clearly communicate the context of the Villa and its artwork, so it is possible to appreciate not only what are you seeing, but why it was built or commissioned. We came into the tour with a fair amount of knowledge of renaissance art and architecture, and we’re thrilled with what we learned on our tour!

We had a private tour of Villa Farnesia with Gulia. She was incredibly knowledgeable. If we had just gone on our own, I think we would have missed some of the amazing details and stories about the place. She really brought it to life and was very fastinating. Highly reccomend.

Vincenzo is a very prepared and engaging guide who with his verve and sympathy made us appreciate Trastevere and its treasures!