Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Farnese, the surname of an eminent Italian family, which rose into greatness from Farneto, near Orvieto, in the 13th century, and supplied one Pope to Rome and many princes and generals tominor states, besides encouraging the arts by lavish munificence. The Farnese Palace contains some of the finest works of antiquity, including the Farnese Hercules and the Farnese bull.