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Palazzo Farnese

Palazzo Farnese (63)

It should first be mentioned that Palazzo Farnese is not open to the public and has been home to the French embassy since 1635. However, a walk nearby is well worth it so you may enjoy the peace and quiet of the piazza and the palace’s striking exterior. 

This imposing building, which is set in a square with the same name, was built by Alessandro Farnese in 1514. The future Pope contracted some of the best and most significant artists of the time to build the palace, including Michelangelo and Antonio Sangallo. Michelangelo, for example, created the cornice and the gallery on the facade. Another of the great architects who worked on the project was Giacomo della Porta, who designed the rear facade, which overlooks the garden and the river. 

Michelangelo’s plans for the palace, however, went much further. His intention was to link by bridge the Farnese gardens with the Villa Farnese on the Trastevere side. The project, however, was not carried out and only the arch that can be seen in the Via Giulia was built. 

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