Palazzo Farnese

Palazzo Farnese information

Rome , Italy
Piazza Farnese
Getting there
Bus: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II
More information
admission €5
Opening hours
guided tours 3pm, 4pm, 5pm Mon, Wed & Fri
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Home of the French Embassy, this formidable Renaissance palazzo , one of Rome's finest, was started in 1514 by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, continued by Michelangelo and finished by Giacomo della Porta. Inside, it boasts a series of sublime frecsoes by Annibale Carracci that are said by some to rival Michelangelo's in the Sistine Chapel.

The frescoes are about to undergo restoration but visits (available in English, Italian and French) continue. These are by guided tour only, for which you'll need to book ahead at least a week in advance. Photo ID is required for entry and children under 10 are not admitted.

The twin fountains in the square are enormous granite baths taken from the Terme di Caracalla.