Palazzo Pignatelli & Torre Colonna Tower

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Palazzo Pignatelli & Torre Colonna Tower

Palazzo Pignatelli was built in the 17th century for the family of pope Innocent XII Pignatelli and transformed in 1880 due to construction of Via Nazionale. In front of the palace is a Torre Colonna, a tower which made part of a fortification system of the Colonna. It has six floors with the elements in travertine and sculptural bas-relieves from the Imperial Fora decorating it in the lower part.

Palazzo Pignatelli, Rome, Italy
Located just steps away from the iconic Piazza Venezia (at the bottom of Via Nazionale) in the classical heart of Rome, Torre Colonna Tower is the city’s most ancient medieval towers. Torre Colonna used to be a defensive tower that was built in 1247 by the noble Colonna family, the tower stood at the edge of the family’s residence, a fortification that served to defend the property against attacks by foreign invaders and the power-hungry maneuvers of rival aristocratic families. The tower was also owned for a period in the early 16th century by a diplomat in the papal court named Francesco Gualdi, whose personal archaeological collection remains in the property. The first inhabitant to actually live within the tower was Francesco Colonna, Count of Romagna and close friend of the great poet Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch). In the early 16th century the tower came under the ownership of Francesco Gualdi, a diplomat to the papal court, whose personal archaeological collection remains inside the property.

Palazzo Pignatelli & Torre Colonna Tower
Via delle Tre Cannelle
At the bottom of Via Nazionale
00187, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Trevi (Quirinale-Tritone-Barberini) (Roma centro)
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