Palazzo Sacchetti

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Palazzo Sacchetti

Next after Sangallo Medici Clarelli Palace (Palazzo) is Palazzo Sacchetti. There are some difficulties in attribution of this building; even thought the memorial tablet speaks about Sangallo. Probably he built the part of the palace, but the cardinal Giovanni Ricci da Montepulciano, having bought it in 1552, provided its new design and dimensions (architect Nanni di Baccio Bigio).

Palazzo Sacchetti in Via Giulia, Rome
It was bought in 1576 by the banker Tiberio Ceuli from Pisa who was considered the richest banker in Rome. His son however was soon bankrupt and was forced to sell the building which in 1649 was eventually bought by the Sacchetti, a family of Florentine origins.

Carlo Rainaldi built a garden nymphaeum in 1660, and a gallery with rich stucco works was built in the palace which is clearly visible in the Grand View of Rome. The garden had direct access to the river, today it is almost strangled by the new street along the river (Lungotevere) which runs at a higher level; it regains its beauty when seen from the courtyard of the palace.

Subsequently the Palazzo passed to different owners among which were Florentines Sacchetti in 1694. They created here a big collection of pictures, which in 1748 was purchased by Benedict XIV, who granted it to the people of Rome.
Fontana del Putto di palazzo Sacchetti, Via Giulia Putto Fountain at Sacchetti Palace
The many changes of property the palace underwent are visible in its decoration; the Ceuli built a small fountain (Fontana del Putto di palazzo Sacchetti) at the corner of the palace; their surname was also spelled Cevoli, which is a variant of cefali, the name of a fish (flathead mullet), so the design of the fountain hinted at the owners of the palace.

At present that collection is a big part of the Picture Gallery on the Capitoline Hill. The interior of the palace is splendidly decorated with the frescoes, part of which was executed by F.Salviati. Today Palazzo Spalletti offers two reception halls, with the capacity of 100 and 200 people, plus an ample area outside which can accommodate 200 guests. Panetta & Associati Studio Legale also locates its headquarter in Palazzo Sacchetti.

Palazzo Sacchetti
Via Giulia, 66
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Ponte (Via Coronari-Ponte Vittorio) (Roma centro)
Palazzo Sacchetti is Shown By "Map G Zone" As "28"
Telephone: 0039 06 68308950
Fax: 0039 06 6877079
Note: Group guided tour only upon reservation.

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