Palazzo Farnese / French Embassy

Munus has been appointed by the French Embassy in Italy as the sole provider of guided tours at Palazzo Farnese. 

The Farnese Palace is one of the most beautiful and important buildings in Rome. Once known as one of the “four wonders of Rome”, it is an architectural jewel housing an extraordinary collection of works of art.
The Palace was commissioned in 1513 by Alexander Farnese (1468-1549), who was subsequently elected Pope under the name of Paul III. Completed in 1589, it was built under the direction of four great architects: Sangallo the Young, Michelangelo, Vignola and Giacomo Della Porta

Among the masterpieces of Palazzo Farnese that you will be able to admire during the guided tour, the famous Carracci Gallery stands out. Carried out between 1597 and 1608 by the Carracci brothers, Annibal and Augustin, the 20-meter long gallery of arches decorated with frescoes displays mythological subjects from Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Through optical games and perspectives, the frescoes combine painting, sculpture and architecture in a triumph of light, shapes and colours that have been enchanting and fascinating those who walked through the Gallery in the last four-hundred years.

The Gallery of the Farnese Palace, decorated mainly by Hannibal, is today still considered his masterpiece and represents the most perfect conclusion of a century and a half of pictorial innovations in Europe before the birth of the great artistic movements of the Seventeenth Century.


Palazzo Farnese can only be visited with a guided tour, purchased exclusively through this website:

The guided tours take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 3 pm, 4 pm and 5 pm.  

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