"Palazzo Chigi, Rome" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Friday 29th April 2011
Its construction was begun in the end of the 16th century under Clement VIII Aldobrandini, by project of G.Della Porta and S.Maderno. In 1659 it was acquired by Agostino Chigi. Construction was enlarged by architect Felice Della Greca on the territory of the houses belonging to the Chigi. The work was finished by G.B.Contini. The palace was enriched by paintings, sculptures, different decorations and a library. The principal facade was on Via del Corso; the facade on Piazza Colonna was not visible till the 17th century because of some houses located here.
Inside is an elegant courtyard with a fountain of mask. An atrium leads to a very beautiful staircase. Among the interesting places of the palace should be noticed a Gallery, a Golden Hall and a Library. The latter was made of the books of Agostino Chigi and his uncle. Its librarians were some of the most celebrated men of letters of the epoch; and it was open to public every Thursday.
On the main facade, on Via del Corso, the windows of the first floor have round and triangular tympanums. The face to Piazza Colonna is larger and has a rich portal (1739). Inside are worth seeing the cortile della Greca, with a fountain decorated with the coat of arms of the Chigi and Della Rovere families (1749) and the flight of steps leading to the first floor, where is the Salone del Consiglio dei Ministri. In the ceiling of the Salone d'oro, a neoclassical hall designed by Giovanni Stern (1765-1767), is the Sleeping Endimion by Baciccia.
When Rome became a capital of Italy, Palazzo Chigi was occupied by the Austrian Embassy. In 1917 the palace became a property of the Italian State, and several years later the library was presented to the Vatican, while the works of art from the gallery passed to different State museums. From 1923 the palace was used as a seat of Ministries of Colonies and Foreign Affairs. At present, since 1960, Palazzo Chigi is an official residence of the Italian Prime Minister.
Schools and cultural associations can visit Palazzo Chigi upon request via fax (+39 0667794122) to the Ufficio Acquisizione Beni, Servizi e Gestione Immobili, Via della Mercede 96 - 00187 Roma, or via e-mail. Visits take place on Saturday morning from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm only upon booking. For more information please call +39 0667793417.
Piazza Colonna, 370 (Via del Corso, 79)
00186 - 00187, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Colonna (Pantheon-Montecitorio-Barberini) (Roma centro)
Palazzo Chigi is Shown By "Map E Zone" As "36"
Telephone: 0039 06 67791 - 06 67793417 - 06 67793322
Fax: 0039 06 6789952
You can reach Palazzo Chigi (Piazza Colonna) By the following Bus Station:
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Bus 40 - 60 - 64 - 70 - 117 - 170
More Piazza Colonna (via marcantonio colonna) Bus:
186, piazzale della farnesina
224, l.go sperlonga
913, staz.ne monte mario
913F (holydays), gattorno rosa/paladini
913FL (holydays limited), staz.ne monte mario
130F (holydays), clodio
n7 (temporary), clodio
Closest Underground Metro stations near Palazzo Chigi (Piazza Colonna): (Get an idea of : Rome Underground METRO Lines System and Trains)
METRO A BARBERINI, Barberini (piazza), 10, 344 mt.
METRO A SPAGNA, Della Trinita' Dei Monti (piazza), 3, 468 mt.
METRO A REPUBBLICA, Della Repubblica (piazza), 55, 525 mt.
METRO B COLOSSEO, Del Colosseo (piazza), 1, 597 mt.
METRO B CAVOUR, Visconti Venosta (largo), 228, 604 mt.
METRO A LEPANTO, Lepanto (via), 1, 792 mt.
METRO A FLAMINIO, Piazzale Flaminio (Piazzale), 794 mt.
Closest Railway stations near Palazzo Chigi (Piazza Colonna):
STAZIONE TERMINI Dei Cinquecento (piazza), 1 764 mt.
STAZIONE FLAMINIO Di Villa Ruffo (via), 1 855 mt.
ROMALIDO PORTA SAN PAOLO piazzale ostiense, 1 1.0 km
ROMAPANTANO TERMINI LAZIALI Giovanni Giolitti (via), 64 1.0 km
STAZIONE TRASTEVERE Flavio Biondo (piazza), 1 1.0 km
Closest Tourist Information Points near Palazzo Chigi (Piazza Colonna):
Fontana di Trevi, Via Minghetti, 97 mt.
Navona, Piazza delle Cinque Lune, 230 mt.
Visitor Center Fori Imperiali, Via dei Fori Imperiali, 473 mt.
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Via Nazionale 194, 506 mt.
Castel Sant'Angelo, Piazza Pia, 581 mt.
Trastevere, Piazza Sonnino, 585 mt.
Santa Maria Maggiore, Via dell'Olmata, 739 mt.
Getting To Palazzo Chigi (Piazza Colonna) From Palazzo del Parlamento/ Palazzo di Montecitorio (Piazza di Monte Citorio):
Departure from roma piazza di monte citorio , 1
walk 100 meters
to roma piazza colonna , 1
distance covered (metres) 100 meters.