I’m always surprised by how empty the Villa Farnesina is. It’s so centrally located (right on the edge of Trastevere), it’s got SUCH good stuff (so many Raphaels!), and it’s such a lovely, lovely, lovely space. And yet, every single time I’ve been there, there are crickets it’s so empty. Ok by me, because I get it all by myself! Maybe it’s empty because it’s pretty much encased in a high wall. Or maybe it’s empty because people don’t understand the Villas?
Perhaps it’s pleasantly attended because it’s only open in the morning? 9am-2pm, that’s all folks. But still, so worth an early(ier-ish, but not really. Come on, 9am isn’t early, even on vacation) morning.
All the photos here are from wikipedia because I have definitely been yelled at by the guards for taking photos, even though on their website it says photos without flash are permitted. Probably the guards were just bored since there are usually twice as many of them as there are visitors.
As I’ve mentioned, visiting the Farnesina is a GREAT alternative to seeking out the Raphael Rooms at the Vatican, since there are lots and lots of Raphaels there. Also Baldassare Peruzzis, Sodomas, Sebastiano del Piombos, and Giulio Romanos. You probably haven’t heard of those last four, but trust me, they’re all GREAT.