"Palazzo Cenci Bolognetti" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Monday 13th June 2011
Palazzo Cenci Bolognetti (Palazzo Cenci Bolognetti al Gesù), a sixteenth-century edifice located in the Piazza delle Cinque Scole near the Tiber River. From June 15, 1802, King Charles Emanuel IV of Sardinia (later King Charles IV) used this palace as his Roman residence. He remained here until 1815 when he moved to the Jesuit novitiate at Sant' Andrea al Quirinale.
This part of the city called "monte Cenci" accumulates the houses of the noble Cenci family, famous mostly because of unfortunate destiny of a beautiful Beatrice Cenci. The eldest part of the palace could be seen from a little square limited by a church of S.Tommaso dei Cenci. The medieval arch connects the main palace with Palazzetto Cenci which was built in the beginning of the 16th century. The actual entrance is on the via del Progresso with a high entrance door and a balcony over it. Inside there is an elegant spiral staircase.
It was built by F.Fuga in 1737 for count Alessandro Petroni, an owner of surrounding zone (Palazzo Petroni is still in front of the Chiesa del Gesu'). Afterwards the palace passed to the Cenci family.
The Cenci had accumulated their wealth through trade and banking, and, thanks to papal connections and positions in the Curia, they also acquired vast properties outside the city and titles of nobility. By the late 16th century, the family consisted of four branches, and over 200 members of the family, household and servants occupied several palazzi encircling the monte de Cenci
In addition to numerous contemporary and historic sites, buildings and works of art, you may gain a familiarity with the contemporary design culture of Europe through guided field trips and complete major studio projects in their design area.
Palazzo Cenci Bolognetti housed the headquarters of Democrazia Cristiana, the main Italian political party, from 1946 to 1992 and therefore Piazza del Gesù was used as a synonym for referring to the party; almost every day Italians were told what happened in Palazzo Cenci Bolognetti.
Palazzo Cenci Bolognetti
Piazza delle Cinque Scole, 23 (Via di Porta Latina, 17)
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Pigna (Torre Argentina) (Roma centro)/ Quartiere Appio Latino (Roma sud)
Palazzo Cenci Bolognetti is Shown By "Map E Zone" As "128" and "Map I Zone" As "4"
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