Route: THE AGE OF THE GREAT MASTERS. ROME AND THE RENAISSANCE
Via della Lungara, 230 www.villafarnesina.it Every day…
You are along the route: SURPRISING NATURE. THE HISTORICAL GARDENS
Via della Lungara, 230
Every day except Sunday and bank holidays: 9:00-14:00. Special opening on the second Sunday of each month: 9:00-17:00. For a complete visit of the gardens, guided tours on Monday, Friday and Saturday.
Going along via Lungara from Trastevere towards the Vatican, shortly after Porta Settimiana, is the Villa Farnesina, a Renaissance masterpiece built by wealthy banker Agostino Chigi in the early sixteenth century and later acquired by Cardinal Farnese. Home to the Accademia dei Lincei, in addition to beautiful decorations by Raffaello, today there is a charming, small garden, refurbished in recent years according to the original layout, after it was partially destroyed during the construction of the Lungotevere, the boulevard flanking the Tiber, in the nineteenth century. On the south side, a “secret” garden, bordered by box hedges and full of potted citrus plants, can be found alongside the building and, beyond, a small park stretches to the Aurelian Walls that make up the original boundary of the Farnese gardens.
The park in the villa, a typical example of an Italian garden, is rich in different types of trees: imposing cedars, cypresses, domestic pines and poplars, flanked by oleanders, Seville orange trees and some exotic fruit trees, with viburnum, laurels and garden hedges. Many passerine birds frequent the garden, including robins, blackcaps, great tits, blue tits and some night time predators, such as tawny owls and barn owls. In the warmer months, there are also numerous species of butterflies, including swallowtails, painted lady butterflies, red admirals and cabbage whites.
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