Palazzo Nardini (Via Del Governo Vecchio Street)

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The palace was built for the cardinal from Milan Stefano Nardini in 1473-1477, made governor of Rome by Sixtus IV. In that period this zone was very popular among the members of curia, who preferred to build their residences here. Cardinal Nardini donated his palace to Spedale di S. Giovanni in Laterano; in 1624 Pope Urban VIII acquired the building to house the offices of Governatorato di Roma, the body in charge of policing the city and the palace became known as Palazzo del Governatore; after Pope Benedict XIV relocated these offices to Palazzo Madama, vecchio (old) was added to the name of the palace; eventually it became known as Palazzo del Governo Vecchio and the street also had this name (it was previously known as Via di Parione). Palazzo Nardini stands at No. 39 Via del Governo Vecchio.

Palazzo Nardini (Via Del Governo Vecchio Street), rome
Via Del Governo Vecchio street takes its name from Palazzo del Governo Vecchio, the seat of papal government in the 17th and 18th centuries. Once part of the Via Papalis, which led from the Lateran to St. Peter, the street is lined with 15th and 16th-century houses and small workshops. Particularly interesting are the 15th-century houses at No. 104 and No. 106. The small palazzo at No. 123 was once thought to have been the home of Bramante. Opposite is Palazzo del Governo Vecchio. It is also known as Palazzo Nardini, from the name of its founder, which is inscribed on the first-floor windows along with the date 1477.

Initially the facade of the palace was on the back street Via della Fossa; but in the end of the construction the new elegant facade on Via del Governo Vecchio was created; it has a splendid Renaissance portal. This palace was a residence of Roman governors for centuries, and when in the 18th century they moved to Palazzo Madama, the name "Governo Vecchio" remained to the palace and the street.

Across the street from the Palazzo del Governo or Palazzo Nardini you'll find architecture on the buildings from 118 - 123 representing 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries. A full five blocks long, Via del Governo Vecchio is home to a number of glamorous shops, independent stores and popular restaurants and pizzerias. Beautiful costume jewelry can be found at No. 67 in Indecoroso, while gorgeous outer garments and wedding gowns can be bought at No. 27 in Maga Morgana. The Shaki Restaurant is open for lunch and provides a good place to rest in between your shopping spree.

Palazzo Nardini (Via Del Governo Vecchio Street)
Via del Governo Vecchio 39
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Ponte (Via Coronari-Ponte Vittorio) (Roma centro)
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