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Famous Frescoes

One thing is for sure: Villa Farnesina has frescoes in spades. Built in the 16th century by Baldassarre, Peruzzi and Bramante, for Agostino Chigi, a Sienese banker, the villa became a work of art unto itself. Raphael, Sebastiano del Piombo, Il Sodoma, and Giulio Romano all contributed frescoes to the interior. The most notable of them is Raphael's, which depicts Cupid and Psyche. Open to the public, the main rooms are truly a sight not to be missed.

The Villa Farnesina was built during Renaissance times for Agostino Chigi, a rich Sienese banker and the treasurer of Pope Julius II. From 1506–1510 the Sienese artist and pupil of Bramante, Baldassarre Peruzzi, designed and erected the villa with the aid of Giuliano da Sangallo. Chigi also commissioned the fresco decoration of the villa by artists such as Raphael, Sebastiano del Piombo, Giulio Romano, and Il Sodoma. Best known are Raphael's frescoes, located on the ground floor, which depict the classical and secular myths of Cupid and Psyche, as well as The Triumph of Galatea. The main rooms of the villa are open to visitors, which includes the Loggia.

Utrip Tips

*Guided tours on Monday, Friday and Saturday at 12:30
*Sunday, February 10 2013 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.): guided tour at 12:30 pm (with live music of the Renaissance, reservations required), 3 p.m., 4 p.m.

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