Cardinal Alessandro Farnese could not have chosen a better place to impress the world with his family’s merits and his own stature: the place where the history of Rome began in the 8th century BC, chosen by Romulus – or the real person behind that legendary figure – to found Rome, on the hill whose name inspired the Italian word “Palazzo”, “palace”, symbol of power.
We refer, of course, to the Palatine Hill. This is where in 1565 the grandson of pope Paul III – like a “new Romulus”, as some called him – started building the Horti Palatini Farnesiorum, known today as the Farnese Gardens.
The beautiful urban villa was created over decades by artists such as Giacomo Del Duca and Girolamo Rainaldi. Now, since March 21st and until October 28th, 2018, it hosts a wonderful exhibition about “The Palatine Hill and its secret garden. The charm of the Horti Farnesiani”, inviting you along a journey in the history of this unique place, starting in the time when it was home to the Farnese dynasty, passing trough the romantic season of European Grand Tours, and finally reaching the 1900s, when the great archaeological excavations began on this king of Roman hills.