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Villa Farnesina Private Tour

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Roma, Italy
Villa Farnesina Private Tour
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Explore the artwork and architecture of Rome’s Villa Farnesina on a private tour of the the Renaissance masterpiece. See frescoes by Raphael and other legendary artists, then learn the story behind the Loggia of Cupid and Psyche, with a personal headset so you don’t miss a word from your guide. Plus, walk across the Ponte Sisto and learn about life in ancient Rome.
  • Private skip-the-line tour of Rome's Villa Farnesina
  • See the artwork with an experienced guide
  • Walk across the Ponte Sisto and learn about its history
  • Includes use of a personal headset
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Skip the line
Headsets to hear your guide during the tour
Interior and exterior tour of the Villa Farnesina
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Via dei Riari, 58 , Via dei Riari, 58, 00165 Roma RM, Italy

Meet your guide in Via dei Riari 58, Rome. Address: The Mea Tour office is very close to the Farnese Gallery and Corsini Gallery in the heart of Trastevere

10:00 AM
Piazza Farnese , Piazza Farnese, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

The tour will terminates at the Piazza Farnese.

Make your way to the Villa Farnesina, where you’ll meet a guide and small group for tour of the historic home. Skip the line as you purchase admission tickets, then don a headset as the guide weaves the fascinating history of the property, and of the Italian elites who once called it home.

Enter the magnificent Loggia of Cupid and Psyche, where frescoes by Raphael and his helpers depict an ancient Greek love story in brilliant colors. Continue into the Hall of Perspectives, whose trompe l’oeil columns alternate with images of the Italian countryside.

You’ll walk across the Tiber River on the 15th-century Ponte Sisto, and enjoy views back towards the Villa Farnesina from the Piazza Farnese. Throughout your time in the Villa Farnesina, the guide will help bring Rome’s history to life, from the artists who created the décor, to the lives, loves, and over-the-top celebrations of the villa’s colorful residents.

Your tour concludes near the Villa Farnesina, in Rome’s Trastevere district.
Stop At:  
Villa Farnesina
Built in the early sixteenth century, 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 marvellous synthesis. The sober volumetric and spatial layout of the Villa, devised by the architect Baldassarre Peruzzi, is indeed the perfect setting for its rich interior decoration, boasting frescos by great masters such as Raphael, Sebastiano del Piombo, Giovanni Antonio Bazzi known as Sodoma, and Peruzzi himself. 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. 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.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Ponte Sisto
Walk across the Ponte Sisto over the Tiber River as your guide tells you about its history
Stop At:  
Palazzo Farnese
The Farnese Palace, today embassy headquarters of France, it is in front of Villa Farnesina. It was designed by Sangallo and the by Michelangelo. It is warded inside the collection treasure of the Farnese family
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Piazza Farnese
You will end your 3 hour private Tour here.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Please be at the meeting point 15 minutes prior tour departure.
  • For all those under the age of 10 year old, please ensure that you have an ID.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Mea ToursEvents S.r.l.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Villa Farnesina Private Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Villa Farnesina Private Tour.
What is the policy on sanitization during Villa Farnesina Private Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Villa Farnesina Private Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during Villa Farnesina Private Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Villa Farnesina Private Tour.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Villa Farnesina Private Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Villa Farnesina Private Tour.


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, Jun 2022
This venue is not open on Monday even though ticket booking was sold. Struggled with Viator to get a refund.
Do not get overcharged!
, Mar 2019
Viator is a broker itself used a local broker to arrange this tour. The local broker get a cut on the local guide and Viator on all of it.... A very good local guide in Rome costs between 40 and 50 Euros an hour. Very easy to find as well.... The Villa Farnesina entry fee is 12 Eur per person. The tour 3hours pretty standard. Visit of the villa and a walking tour. If you book directly (and thats what I did after ky first tour... just ask the guide’s nunber and contact her/him) the total cost would be 154-184 eur max. Viator charges 340 Euros!!! Having figured it out, i also tried to cancel it, but due to time difference (one is rome the other las vegas) viator failed to act... so took the tour... the guide was nice. But thanks to Viator i paid double. Never again.
This ended up being like a private tour...
Wayne G
, Dec 2017
This ended up being like a private tour since we were the only participants. It proved an excellent introduction to the family, the villa and the artwork in it, our guide providing a fascinating commentary and giving us time to linger and look harder at some details. After the visit to the villa, we were taken on a walking tour in the immediate area and then down the Via Giulia past the Farnese Palazzo towards the Vatican. A fascinating and colourful three hours on foot. Highly recommended.

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