Between the numerous fine buildings of Rome, the High Renaissance Palazzo Farnese, today seat of the French Embassy in Italy, is one of the most important and fascinating. Located a few steps from Campo de’ Fiori, it was first designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger in 1514 for the Farnese family, and later expanded for want of Pope Paul III Farnese in 1534 by Michelangelo, who realised the monumental ledge, the central balcony an the inner courtyard as well. Other changes later realised by Jacopo Barozzi da Vignola and Giacomo della Porta. According to the original project, a brigde should have connected the Palace to the Villa Chigi Farnesina, another Farnese property, on the other side of the Tiber River. Palazzo Farnese is world wide famous for the Carracci Gallery with its fresco cycle of The Loves of the Gods painted in 1600 by the Bolognese painter Annibale Carracci. The wide Farnese sculpture collection, once in the Palace, is today shown in the National Archeological Museum of Naples, as well as in Capodimonte Museum in Naples.
Usually closed to the public, the Palace is opened on Monday and Thursday afternoon; reservation required; for further information: http://inventerrome.com/index.php/fr/ or (00 39) 06 68 89 28 18.