"Palazzo de Carolis Simonetti del Banco di Roma (Bank of Rome), Rome" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Friday 29th April 2011
It was built in 1714-1724 by A.Specchi and belonged to the De Carolis, Compagnia di Gesu', the Simonetti, the Boncompagni, and in 1908 passed to the Bank of Rome. The latter adapted the palace for its needs by P.Piacentini, who transformed the courtyard in the hall for public and the stalls into the offices. The construction was enlarged on Via Lata on the site of previous minor constructions.
In the middle of the 19th century the prince Baldassare Boncompagni Ludovisi, historian of sciences and maecenas held in this palace the Tipography of the maths and physics. Here were also different commercial stores and a restaurant.
In the 18th century an ambassador of France, cardinal De Bernis lived here, as well as Chateaubriand in 1828-1829. It also housed the embassy of France. The building was then acquired by the Simonetti family and by the Ludovisi Boncompagni. Since 1908 it is owned by the Banca di Roma and its seat. For more than two centuries Palazzo De Carolis was in the center of social activity due to a big number of celebrated personalities resident in it and its different functions.
Inside are ample halls richly decorated with the paintings, helicoidal staircase, and a vast Gallery.
The fountain had originally been placed on the façade of the Grifoni Palace, owned by the Florentine painter Jacopino del Conte, in Via del Corso, but was then moved in 1872 to the Via Lata, on the façade of the De Carolis Simonetti Palace, today the seat of the Banca di Roma. The fountain represents a water-carrier dressed in typical16th century porters’ clothes who is holding a small barrel pouring water. The work was probably commissioned by the Università degli Acquaioli and is attributed to Jacopino del Conte,who is thought to have built it during the reign of Gregory XIII (1572-1585). From the 17th century the Porter became one of Rome’s “talking statues”.
Palazzo de Carolis Simonetti del Banco di Roma (Bank of Rome)/ Fontana (Fountain) del Facchino
Via del Corso, 307 (Via Lata)
Adjoining to Piazza di Sant'Ignazio at Campo Marzio
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Trevi (Quirinale-Tritone-Barberini) (Roma centro) [Via del Corso]
Zone: Rione Pigna (Torre Argentina) (Roma centro) [Via Lata]
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