Apart from some short (50 min.) guided tours on certain days of the week the Palazzo Farnese, one of the most beautiful buildings in Rome, and (at least until the year 2035) home to the French Embassy in Italy, cannot be visited by the general public.
Palazzo Farnese Rome
For people who visit Rome before April 27, 2011 a once in a lifetime chance to visit the Palazzo is now possible. Some 150 masterpieces of Renaissance art, collected by the Farneses when still one of the most powerful families in Rome are now on display in the palazzoâ€™s beautiful rooms and hallways.
There are paintings and drawings to be admired, as well as sculptures, ceramics, tapestries and coins.
The aim of the exhibition is to highlight the history of Palazzo Farnese from its heyday as the residence of Cardinal Alexander Farnese until its present use as the seat of the French Embassy in Rome.
The works are on loan from the Museo Archeologico Nazionale and the Museo Capodimonte in Naples. Many masterpieces had ended up here after the Neapolitan Bourbon family had acquired Palazzo Farnese in the 18th century. Other pieces were obtained from French museums, such as the Louvre, Chambord and Ecouen and other Italian and foreign institutions.
Reservations are recommended.