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The French Embassy

One of the most important High Renaissance palaces in Rome, this giant structure is owned by the Italian state and was given to the French Government in 1936 for a period of 99 years (it currently serves as the French embassy in Italy). First designed in 1517 for the Farnese family, the building expanded in size and conception when Alessandro Farnese became Pope Paul III in 1534. Its building history involved some of the most prominent Italian architects of the 16th century, including Michelangelo, Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola and Giacomo della Porta. Today visitor can see the interior only though a guided tour (which should be booked in advance) which takes visitors though the garden, courtyard, and the Galleria dei Carracci. The latter contains a fantastic series of frescoes.

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Bookings should be made at least 3 weeks in advance. Forms can be downloaded from the embassy's website, which can be e-mailed or faxed to complete the booking. Photo ID is required for entry. The 50 minute guided tours run on Monday and Thursday, commencing at 3:00, 4:00, and 5:00pm. The embassy is closed weekends, December 25, January 1, May 1, and for the month of August.

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