Palazzo & Piazza (Historic Buildings, Squares and Streets)

Palazzo dell'Ordine di Malta, Rome

Palazzo dell'Ordine di Malta, Rome Palazzo dell'Ordine di Malta is at Via dei Condotti #68. The Sovrano Militare Ordine di Malta (Sovereign Military Order of Malta)/Magistral Palace/Sovrano Ordine di Malta, which is accorded extraterritorial rights by the Italian State, occupies the previous Palazzo Provani and a number of other nearby houses, reconstructed and adjoined after 1631. The facades on Via Condotti...

Palazzo di Spagna (Embassy of Spain), Rome

Palazzo di Spagna (Embassy of Spain), Rome It was built on the site of former Palazzo Monaldeschi for the Spanish ambassador in 1653 by A.del Grande and F.Borromini. It is still a residence of the Embassy of Spain at the Holy See. The facade is modest with three balconies. The vestibule with columns and statues leads to the courtyard with a big fountain and to the solemn staircase. The restoration works in the...

Palazzo Mignanelli (Valentino), Rome

Palazzo Mignanelli (Valentino), Rome It is a palace attached to the hill and located right in front of the Colonna dell'Immacolata on the little Piazza Mignanelli. It was built for the Mignanelli family, industrials from Siena, who possessed numerous constructions on Via Due Macelli and had their activity here. The palace is now popularly called Palazzo di Valentino, as it belongs to the world famous fashion...

Palazzo di Propaganda Fide (Missionary Museum), Rome

Palazzo di Propaganda Fide (Missionary Museum), Rome Continuing a medieval tradition of missionary organizations all over Europe, in 1627 a Congregation of Propaganda Fide was founded by Urban VIII. The palace on Piazza di Spagna was acquired for this congregation in 1625, and housed the College, which prepares for missionary work the Catholic priests from all over the world. From 1921, the palace is occupied only by the...

Palazzo Borghese, Rome

Palazzo Borghese on the Tiber River, Rome The palace was built by Vignola in 1560 for the Spanish cardinal Dezza. In 1596 it passed to C.Borghese, and after he became pope Paul V, the palace was given to his family, which enlarged it (architect F.Ponzio). Inside is a large courtyard with the arches posed on 96 twin columns in two storeys. The garden, nympheum and fountains were arranged by C.Rainaldi. Before 1891 the...

Palazzo Ruspoli (Fondazione Memmo), Rome

Palazzo Ruspoli (Fondazione Memmo), Rome It was built in 1556-1586 for the Florentine family of the Rucellai. The architect of the palace was B.Ammannati. At the same time the large Gallery was frescoed by J.Zucchi with the imitation of niches, stuccoes and statues. The facade is by Bartolomeo Breccioli. In 1629 the palace passed to the Caetani. They had M.Longhi the Younger to build a famous staircase with the four...

Palazzo di Firenze, Rome

Palazzo di Firenze, Rome It was erected in the 15th century by the Cardelli, on the houses of the Vico, who starting from the 14th century were prefects of Rome. In 1533 the palace passed to the Del Monte, who transformed it, and later it became property of the Medici. Later still it was turned to a seat of the Embassy of Florence in Rome. The halls of the upper floors are decorated with the frescoes...

Palazzo Fiano Almagia, Rome

Palazzo Fiano Almagia, Rome The Historical Frieze occupies the whole longest sides of the monument. It probably represents the Ara Pacis’ opening ceremony in the IX century BC. However, the presence of anachronistic personages like Agrippa, who died before the IX century, and situations, like Augustus in the Pontifex Maximums capacity (position held later), might make this frieze a sort of glorification...

Palazzo Verospi, Rome

It was built by G.Rainaldi and O.Longhi in 1611 for a Spanish Ferdinando De Verospe, who bought a house on this site in 1565. Inside is a gallery frescoed by F.Albani in 1617. Here a collection of ancient sculptures was preserved, distributed on the stairs and in the halls, but it was lost after the palace was purchased by the Torlonia in the beginning of the 19th century, and...

Palazzo della Missione, Rome

Palazzo della Missione, Rome Palazzo della Missione was erected in 1642 by initiative of one religious French lady with the goal to give it to the Congregation founded in Paris by St Vincent of Paoli, which was also called Congregation of Lazzarists or "Signori della Missione". There was also a church Chiesa della Trinita della Missione annexed to the palace, but destroyed in 1907. During the excavations...

Palazzo Chigi, Rome

Palazzo Chigi, Rome 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,...

Fontana (Fountain) di Piazza Colonna, Piazza Colonna, Rome

Piazza Colonna, Rome Starting from the Middle Ages and until the 17th century the square was occupied by the old houses. In the middle of them was a Column of Marcus Aurelius, which gave the name to the square. Its present level is seven meters higher than the one of the ancient Rome. In the 18th century it was occupied by the fruit and drink vendors, that were substituted after 1870 by...

Palazzo Wedekind, Rome

Palazzo Wedekind, Rome Palazzo Wedekind is a palazzo in Piazza Colonna in Rome, Italy, located next to the church of Santi Bartolomeo ed Alessandro dei Bergamaschi. It is notable as the historic offices of the daily paper Il Tempo. In 1659 the Ludovisi built on the site of present palace a block of buildings, which in the end of the 17th century was modified by Innocent XII and assigned to the...

Palazzo Ferraioli (Palazzo del Bufalo Ferrajoli), Rome

Inside Palazzo Ferraioli (Palazzo del Bufalo Ferrajoli), Rome Palazzo Ferraioli (Palazzo del Bufalo Ferrajoli) is located in front of the Palazzo Chigi at Piazza Colonna. Its present look was given it in the first half of the 18th century by Francesco Paparelli, by order of Paolo Del Bufalo Cancellieri, who's family had a vast property in this zone starting from the Middle Ages. In the 19th century the palace passed to the Ferraioli,...

Palazzo di San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome

Saint Louis dei Francesi at Palazzo di San Luigi dei Francesi, Rome It was erected in 1709-1716 by Carlo Francesco Bizzaccheri with the goal to serve the religious confraternity of the French and to the pilgrims in need of board and lodging. The main facade is in Via S.Giovanna d'Arco. In the palace's gallery are numerous portraits of the French kings, and on the ceiling of the Music Hall is a stuccoed "L" in memory of St Louis. The palace has...