Photographer's Note

Palazzo Farnese - La Scala
The acquisition of the fief of Caprarola from the Riario family took place in 1504, at the behest of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese the Elder, followed in 1521 by a bull of Pope Leo X de 'Medici declaring Pier Luigi Farnese, Ranuccio and all their heirs vicar general with full powers over that land and its inhabitants. Alessandro Farnese the Elder himself, later Pope Paul III, to Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, assisted by Baldassare Peruzzi, who designed a pentagonal fortress with corner bastions.
The Scala Regia was built on a design by Vignola starting from 1560; it is accessed from the left of the Sala della Guardia.
It is located on the north-east side of the building and rises from the basement to the top floor.
The staircase is in peperino, a typical material of volcanic origin from the Viterbo area, is equipped with a sturdy balustrade parapet and has thirty Doric columns with Farnese lilies that chase each other above the capitals.
It is one of the most interesting and spectacular architectural elements of the entire building and certainly the place where Vignola characterized his expressive inspiration.
It is a helical "snail" staircase that winds in a helical form from the basement to the loggia of the noble floor and is dominated by a large dome in the center of which is represented the Farnese coat of arms with the six blue lilies in a gold field.
The frescoes, with grotesques, allegories and arabesques, are attributed to Antonio Tempesta.

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  • Copyright: Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 20250 W: 130 N: 42685] (224247)
  • Genre: Lugares
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2022-07-29
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  • Date Submitted: 2022-08-04 13:59
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