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Palazzo Farnese

Palazzo Farnese Review

Built on an unusual pentagonal plan, this huge and splendid 400-year-old palazzo has an ingenious system of ramps and terraces that leads right up to the main portal. This nicety allowed carriages and mounts to arrive directly in front of the door. Though the salons are unfurnished, the palace's grandeur is still evident. An artificial grotto decorates one wall, the ceilings are covered with frescoes glorifying the Farnese family, and an entire room is frescoed with maps of the world as it was known to 16th-century cartographers. The palace is surrounded by a magnificent formal garden, which is open only for guided tours.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Piazza Farnese 1, Caprarola, 01032 | Map It
  • Phone: 0761/646052
  • Cost: €5
  • Hours: Palazzo: Tues.–Sun. 8:30–1 hr before sunset. Garden tour: Tues.–Sat. 10, 11, noon, and 3.
  • Location: Caprarola
Updated: 03-14-2013

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