There is the Palazzo Corsini painting gallery and the Santa Maria del Popolo that holds the Chigi Chapel and the families elaborate tomb (again designed by Raphael and Bernini). “Quisquis huc accedes: quod tibi horridum videtur mihi amoenum est; si placet, maneas, si taedet abeas, utrumque gratum”. at the periphery of the gardens. On the second Sunday of each month: Groups max 25 people. In the 16th century Michelangelo proposed linking the Villa Farnesina to the other side of the Tiber via a bridge. The ceiling is filled with mythological paintings bearing some grotesque figures. The principal alteration was the westwards extension of the room on the first floor now known as the Room of the Perspective Views. For teenagers between the age 14 to 18 and seniors over the age 65 there is a moderately reduced price of 9 euros. This was believed to be Chigi’s bedroom and the Frescoes are rather sensual with scenes of Alexander the Great hurrying towards a semi naked Roxana who is flanked by a cherub and sits on the edge of a magnificent 4 poster bed. cupid and psyche meets and Galatea’s triumph were made famous with time. Ordinary opening times 2020: Once you are done visiting the beautiful Villa you should continue exploring some of the remarkable attractions that lie around. However, if the general layout of the cycle and the planning of the individ¬ual scenes and figures are due to the intuitive genius of Raphael, as is proved by a number of autographical sketches, the actual translation into fresco was car¬ried out by numerous workshop assistants, including Giovan Francesco Penni, Giulio Romano and Gio¬vanni da Udine. Peruzzi the famous Roman architect and painter was quite young when he created the Villa Farnesina and the success of this project enabled him to be selected as one of the architects of St. Peters. In narrating the story of the beautiful Psyche, who was loved by the god Cupid and perse¬cuted by Venus until eventually she was married on Olympus, Raphael selected those episodes that best lent themselves to a se¬ries of allusions, partly bio-graphical and partly symbolically, to the patron and to his lover and bride, reflecting on the Platonic as¬sumption of the Latin novelist that divine love renders human beings immortal. With the election of the Borgia pope Alexander VI in 1492, business increased for the sienese bankers, and Agostino’s affairs prospered so well that within a short time he was lending huge sums of money to Cesare Borgia, Piero de’ Medici, Guidobaldo da Montefeltro and even to the French king Charles VIII. A small strip of the north area of the garden remains while the main attraction is the secret garden that is at the back of the villa. This loggia was created in 1517… 5 years after the Galatea was painted. Incidentally around 1870 the remnants of an ancient villa (probably belonged to general Agrippa) were dug out and one of its miraculously intact halls was nicknamed ‘Villa della Farnesina’. The other scenes represent Alexander’s magnanimity towards the mother and daughters of the defeated Darius, the taming of the horse Bucephalus (where the presence of assistants may be detected) and the culminating moment of one battle. Audio guides are available to visitors (Italian – English) Read more…, The opening of the Villa Farnesina is granted to anyone who requests it, unless there is a special approval from the Management department. The building was close to the city centre and it allowed Chigi to return to the city at whichever time he desired. Again, the work of Baldassarre Peruzzi… the art here continues the themes of the ground floor loggia. In the centre he devised two fictive tapestries showing the concluding scenes: the splendid Coun¬cil of the Gods, where the unjustly persecuted girl is finally received with divine complacence, and the Marriage of Cupid and Psyche, the symbolic culmi¬nation of the entire cycle. You need to spend at least 15 minutes in the Hall of Galatea to explore its unique charms. Present your Vatican museums ticket within 7 days after your museum visit at the Villa Farnesina ticket office and get an instant discount at the entry. Most of the work in this beautiful hall were done by the great Italian masters in the 15th century. The offices of the president and general secretary (of Royal Italian academy) were hosted here. Copyright © 2020 www.myeuropedays.com; All Rights Reserved. The interior is decorated with frescoes by Raphael Sanzio, Sebastiano del Piombo, Giovanni da Udine, Giovanni Bazzi known as il Sodoma, Giulio Romano,  Giovan Francesco Penni, and Baldassarre Peruzzi himself. The frescoes on the ceiling show scenes from the tales of Psyche and Cupid as demonstrated in the book ‘Metamorphosis’.