The Villa Farnese is considered one of finest examples of Renaissance architecture. The massive structure was built as a family home of Cardinal Farnese in 1559 through 1573. Grandson of Pope Paul III and elevated himself to the position of Cardinal at the age of 14, Alessandro Farnese obtained vast wealth and influence by which he was able to erect a huge masterpiece of art for a home.
Villa Farnese is not in Civita di Bagnoregio. Indeed, this structre is almost the size of the whole town of Civita di Bagnoregio. Villa Farnese is located in Caprarola, a town about 52 Km away.
Villa Farnese has five floors and the walls ceilings and dome are meticulously frescoed. It is a truly amazing site and well worth the day trip from Civita di Bagnoregio.
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