Palazzo Borghese, Rome

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Palazzo Borghese on the Tiber River, Rome

The palace was built by Vignola in 1560 for the Spanish cardinal Dezza. In 1596 it passed to C.Borghese, and after he became pope Paul V, the palace was given to his family, which enlarged it (architect F.Ponzio). Inside is a large courtyard with the arches posed on 96 twin columns in two storeys. The garden, nympheum and fountains were arranged by C.Rainaldi. Before 1891 the palace housed a famous picture Gallery, which is now transferred to Galleria Borghese in Villa Borghese. The Galleria Borghese which now occupies the Villa Borghese and Villa Borghese gardens in which the villa is sited.

For its solemnity and its majestic proportions the palace is one of the most sumptuous of the city. It is called “harpsichord” for its shape and its “keyboard” should be the short side with two balconies looking towards the Tiber. Began in 1560, probably after a design by Vignola, it was completed by Flaminio Ponzio and Carlo Maderno in 1614.

It was nicknamed il Cembalo ("the harpsichord") due to its unusual trazezoidal groundplan; its shortest front faces the River Tiber. The entrance at the opposite end of the building faces onto the Fontanella di Borghese, with another in a great flanking facade to the Piazza Borghese that is extended by a slightly angled facade leading down Via Borghese towards the river. Both these entrances lead into a large courtyard on one side of which is a two level open arcade, with paired Doric and Ionic columns, that frames the garden beyond.

The exterior of Palazzo Borghese is unchanged from the time of the etching exception made for the loss of the coat of arms of Pope Paul V, which Filippo Juvarra sketched in his book on the finest papal coats of arms. The stables and the coach house have been replaced by a modern building; today the square houses stalls selling old books and prints. The Borghese still live in a section of their family palace.
Palazzo Borghese at Piazza Borghese, Largo della Fontanella di Borghese

Piazza Borghese, the square in front of the western façade, was also known as Piazza delle Catene, because of the chains placed on the small columns surrounding the entrance. At present the palace is a seat of the "Circolo della Caccia", an exclusive club founded in 1869, some offices of the Spanish embassy, and a private residence of the Borghese.

A big 16th century building beside Palazzo Borghese was constructed for the servants and horse-stalls and carriages.

Note: Closed to the public. The building is visible only from the outside.

Palazzo Borghese
Piazza Borghese, Largo della Fontanella di Borghese, 22
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Campo Marzio (P.Spagna-P.Popolo-Pincio) (Roma centro)
Palazzo Borghese is Shown By "Map E Zone" As "26"

You can reach Piazza Borghese, Largo della Fontanella di Borghese By the following Bus Station:
(Know before you go: Rome Bus stops, Bus Lines, Signs, Color, etc.)
Bus: 26, 28, 70.

Closest Railway stations near Piazza Borghese, Largo della Fontanella di Borghese:
STAZIONE FLAMINIO, Di Villa Ruffo (via), 1, 679 mt. away
STAZIONE TERMINI, Dei Cinquecento (piazza), 1, 938 mt. away
ROMAVITERBO EUCLIDE, Filippo Civinini (via), 966 mt. away
STAZIONE SAN PIETRO, Della Stazione Di San Pietro (piazza), 1, 1.0 km. away
ROMAPANTANO TERMINI LAZIALI, Giovanni Giolitti (via), 64, 1.2 km. away

Closest Underground Metro stations near largo della fontanella di borghese: (Know about: Rome Underground METRO Lines System and Trains)
METRO A SPAGNA, Della Trinita' Dei Monti (piazza), 3, 379 mt. away
METRO A BARBERINI, Barberini (piazza), 10, 460 mt. away
METRO A LEPANTO, Lepanto (via), 1, 615 mt. away
METRO A FLAMINIO, Piazzale Flaminio (Piazzale), 618 mt. away
METRO B COLOSSEO, Del Colosseo (piazza), 1, 802 mt. away
METRO A OTTAVIANO, Barletta (via), 1, 804 mt. away
METRO B CAVOUR, Visconti Venosta (largo), 228, 809 mt. away

Closest Tourist Information Points near Piazza Borghese, Largo della Fontanella di Borghese:
Navona, Piazza delle Cinque Lune, 270 mt. away
Fontana di Trevi, Via Minghetti, 299 mt. away
Castel Sant'Angelo, Piazza Pia, 472 mt. away
Visitor Center Fori Imperiali, Via dei Fori Imperiali, 678 mt. away
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Via Nazionale 194, 687 mt. away

Getting To Palazzo Borghese (Largo della Fontanella di Borghese) From Palazzo di Propaganda Fide Missionary Museum (Via di Propaganda):
Departure from roma via di propaganda , 1
walk 600 meters
to roma largo della fontanella di borghese , 1
distance covered (metres) 600 meters.

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