Trastevere & Villa Farnesina

The ancient region of Rome called „trans Tiberim”, situated on the right bank of the river, was always attractive for foreigners and the poorer people, those who worked in the river ports or as artisans and craftsmen. We take a stroll through this very picturesque quarter of the city, which is today full of restaurants, offering typical roman cuisine, small shops, houses with balconies decorated with flowers, and little shrines dedicated to the Virgin Mary at every corner. Following the cobble streets from one square to the next, and after having visited the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere, maybe the oldest church in Rome dedicated to the Virgin Mary, we finally end up just outside the gate in the ancient city walls in front of the Villa Farnesina. This beautiful villa was built next to the river at the beginning of the 16th century by Baldassarre Peruzzi, on behalf of the rich Sienese banker and patron of the arts Agostino Chigi. It is here that Raphael painted the famous “Galatea”. And with his students he also later decorated the Loggia of Psyche, in occasion of the marriage of the rich banker, whom they called “the Magnificent”, to the humble Venetian girl Francesca Ordeaschi. (Duration 3 hours, mornings only, tickets required.)