Palazzo Farnese and Baullari - Rome

The Farnese Palace is home to the French Embassy and the French School in Rome. This High Renaissance style palace was commissioned by Cardinal Alessandro Farnese who would later become Pope Paul III. Its construction lasted from 1517 to 1589, well after the death of this Pope. Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, Michelangelo, Vignola and della Porta were successively its architects. The famous projecting cornice, loggia and internal courtyard are all the work of Michelangelo. The interior decoration is also very sumptuous as can been seen in the frescos by Salotto Dipinto painted by Francesco Salviati and Taddeo Zuccari. Also of note is the Carracci Brothers gallery and the Hercules Salon. It is difficult to visit the embassy today but it's exterior can of course still be admired. The palace lends its charm to the square which is also embellished with two enormous basins taken from the Baths of Caracalla which are now used as fountains.

Address : Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 166/A 186 Rome Italy

Subway : Station: Cavour, Station: Colosseo: Ligne B

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