"Palazzo Colonna/ Galleria di Piazza Colonna (o Alberto Sordi), Rome" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Friday 29th April 2011
It was built in 1914-1920 by the project of Dario Carbone on the site of Palazzo Piombino, demolished in 1889 for the needs of enlarging of Via del Corso. Palazzo Piombino was erected at Piazza Colonna in 1594 by G.Della Porta for Cosimo Giustini, who placed here the family collection of sculptures. This gallery was depicted by Pomarancio. Later the palace passed to other noble families, and the last owners were the Boncompagni-Ludovisi, princes of Piombino (which name was given to the palace).
The Colonna Gallery is situated inside the Palace with the same name in Piazza Santi Apostoli. The Palazzo Colonna is a palatial block of buildings in central Rome, Italy, at the base of the Quirinal Hill, and adjacent to the church of Santi Apostoli. It is built in part over ruins of an old Roman Serapeum, and has belonged to the prestigious Colonna family for over twenty generations.
Came back to its original splendor after a long restoration and opened to the public at the end of 2003, the Gallery aims at being a urban space that offers to the visitor different possibilities at the same time, from shopping to walking, to relaxing seated at a coffee table of a Café as in the two famous Italian galleries, in Milan and in Naples. The history of Galleria Colonna is also the history of the area where it is located.
After belonging to different noble families, at the end of the 19th century it went into possession of the city of Rome. Destroyed at the turn of the 20th century, the building was rebuilt as we see it today. For many years the gallery has been a place of meeting for politicians, entrepreneurs, simple people, and it was the venue for the first shows of some of the best Italian actors. And to one of the major symbols of Italian cinema, Alberto Sordi, the city has dedicated the gallery since its reopening. At present the Galleria di Piazza Colonna organizes different kind of exhibitions: from dinosaurs to Salvador Dali. The Gallery allows a view of the beautiful private gardens of the Palace.
The older wing of the complex known as the Princess Isabelle's apartments, but once housing Martin V's library and palace, contains frescoes by Pinturicchio, Antonio Tempesta, Onofri, Giacinto Gimignani, and Carlo Cesi. It contains a collection of landscapes and genre scenes by painters like Lorraine, Caspar Van Wittel (Vanvitelli), and Jan Brueghel the Elder. Along with the possessions of the Doria-Pamphilij and Pallavacini-Rospigliosi families, this is one of the largest private art collections in Rome.
Piazza Colonna itself is the city centre and centre of political life of Rome, the square is surrounded by famous buildings: the Palazzo Chigi (on the right, with the colonnade behind) seat of the Cabinet Office since 1961; on the left is the Palazzo Ferraioli, already Del Bufalo, Aldobrandini and Niccolini. To the right is the small church S. Bartolomeo ai Bergamaschi, aka Santa Maria della Pietà, founded in 1561 as chapel for the Ospedale dei Pazzi; opposite is the Palazzo Wedekind, embellished by 16 gorgeous ionic columns from Veii and back is the building of Galleria Colonna. At the centre of the square is the fountain by Giacomo Della Porta and Marc Aurelius’ Column (176-193) decorated with bas-reliefs to celebrate the triumph of the emperor upon the Marcomanni, the Quadi and the Sarmatians.
Palazzo Colonna/ Galleria di Piazza Colonna (o Alberto Sordi)
Piazza Colonna, Piazza dei Santi Apostoli, 66,
00187, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Colonna (Pantheon-Montecitorio-Barberini) (Roma centro)
Palazzo Colonna/ Galleria di Piazza Colonna (o Alberto Sordi) is Shown By "Map E Zone" As "54"
Contact - Galleria Colonna Srl
Telephone: 0039 06 6784350 - 06 69921022 - 06 6794362
Fax: 0039 06 6794638
Web site: http://www.galleriacolonna.it/
You can reach Piazza Colonna By the following Bus Station:
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Bus: 40 - 60 - 64 - 70 - 117 - 170
Closest Underground Metro stations near Piazza Colonna: (Get an idea of : Rome Underground METRO Lines System and Trains)
METRO A BARBERINI, Barberini (piazza), 10, 344 mt. away
METRO A SPAGNA, Della Trinita' Dei Monti (piazza), 3, 468 mt. away
METRO A REPUBBLICA, Della Repubblica (piazza), 55, 525 mt. away
METRO B COLOSSEO, Del Colosseo (piazza), 1, 597 mt. away
METRO B CAVOUR, Visconti Venosta (largo), 228, 604 mt. away
METRO A LEPANTO, Lepanto (via), 1, 792 mt. away
METRO A FLAMINIO, Piazzale Flaminio (Piazzale), 794 mt. away
Closest Railway stations near Piazza Colonna:
STAZIONE TERMINI, Dei Cinquecento (piazza), 1, 764 mt. away
STAZIONE FLAMINIO, Di Villa Ruffo (via), 1, 855 mt. away
ROMALIDO PORTA SAN PAOLO, piazzale ostiense, 1, 1.0 km. away
ROMAPANTANO TERMINI LAZIALI, Giovanni Giolitti (via), 64,
STAZIONE TRASTEVERE, Flavio Biondo (piazza), 1, 1.0 km. away
STAZIONE SAN PIETRO, Della Stazione Di San Pietro (piazza), 1, 1.1 km. away
ROMAVITERBO EUCLIDE, Filippo Civinini (via), 1.1 km. away
Closest Tourist Information Points near Piazza Colonna:
Fontana di Trevi, Via Minghetti, 97 mt. away
Navona, Piazza delle Cinque Lune, 230 mt. away
Visitor Center Fori Imperiali, Via dei Fori Imperiali, 473 mt. away
Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Via Nazionale 194, 506 mt. away
Castel Sant'Angelo, Piazza Pia, 581 mt. away
Trastevere, Piazza Sonnino, 585 mt. away
Santa Maria Maggiore, Via dell'Olmata, 739 mt. away
Getting To Galleria di Piazza Colonna /Palazzo Colonna (Palazzo Colonna) From Palazzo Marignoli, Piazza San Silvestro (Old Town):
Departure from roma piazza di san silvestro , 1
walk 250 meters
to roma piazza colonna , 1
distance covered (metres) 250 meters.