Palazzo Farnese - French Embassy Building in Rome

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This is the most beautiful palace of Rome, an extreme masterpiece of Renaissance, a work of A.da Sangallo the Younger (the front and side facades), Michelangelo (cornice, balcony, loggia and the greater part of courtyard) and G.della Porta (back facade with a big loggia facing Via Giulia). A big part of the travertine for the construction of the palace was brought directly from Tivoli; the marbles were taken from the Baths of Caracalla, ruins of Ostia and a Tempio di Serapide (in the garden of Palazzo Colonna al Quirinale).

Palazzo Farnese - French Embassy Building in Rome
The palace, nicknamed “il dado” (the Dice) because of its shape. Construction was began in 1515 by Alessandro Farnese (future pope Paul III) and finished in 1589 by a second cardinal Alessandro Farnese. The latter bought in 1580 a Villa Chigi on the other side of the river, which was called Farnesina, wanted to connect both palaces with a bridge, but this project was abandoned. Interior.

The vestibule, with a beautiful colonnade of red granite and stuccoed ceiling was designed by Sangallo.

The courtyard was also created by Sangallo and has an effect of a little garden and a scenographic collection of ancient sculptures. Here are also conserved two sarchophags.
Palazzo Farnese in Piazza Farnese
The huge Salon d'Hercule is named after the gigantic statue of the Farnese Hercules. It has a fine wooden ceiling by Sangallo, 12 busts of emperors, and two statues representing Piety and Abundance, by Gug.della Porta, formerly destined for the monument to Paul III in Vatican.
Galleria of the Carracci
The Galleria of the Carracci (pictured above), realized in 1597-1604, has frescoes of mythological scenes, the masterpiece of An.Carracci, his brother Ag.Carracci and their collaborators G.Lanfranco and Domenichino. The Gallery is 20m long and 6m wide. The building was acquired in the 18th century to the Borbone family of Naples. As a consequence of extinction of the Farnese dynasty into the Bourbons and access of Carlo di Borbone (1716-1788) to the throne of Naples (Carlo VII 1734-1759), Palazzo Farnese followed the destiny of the Neapolitan family starting from the 18th century. They spoiled it of its statues and the Farnese collection.
French Embassy Building in Rome
The governments of the French Republic wished to inherit the palace as a seat of their Embassy in Rome starting from 1874, first in form of rent from Bourbons, and then, in 1911, by its purchasing for three million of francs with the right given to Italy to ransom during 25 years. In 1936 Palazzo Farnese was purchased by the Italian State, which gave it immediately in rent of French Embassy for 99 years on the base of symbolic payment. The palace possesses a rich library with 100,000 volumes, important documentation about the history of France, and a collection of 130,000 photographs taken from the air of the south of France executed during the WWII. It is now the seat of the Embassy of France (Ambasciata della Repubblica Francese).

Palazzo Farnese - French Embassy Building in Rome
Piazza Farnese, 67
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Regola (Campo de' Fiori-Piazza Farnese) (Roma centro)
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Embassy Hours: Monday to Friday 09:00am-11:30am 02:00pm-04:00pm. Closed Saturday. Closed Sunday. Receive only by appointment.
Guided tours (by fax or email appointiment): Monday and Thursday: 3.00 pm, 4.00 pm and 5.00 pm (duration: 50 minutes). Closed: August, December 25, January 1, May 1.
Telephone: 0039 06 686011 (central) - 06 68892818 (info)
Fax: 0039 06 68809791
Email: , [Embassy]

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