Palazzo Santacroce (Institute of Italo-Latino Americano)

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Palazzo Santacroce (Institute of Italo-Latino Americano)

It occupies entire side of Piazza dei Catinari and of Piazza Cairoli. The palace was built in the period from the end of the 16th century - to the middle of the 17th century with the participation of C.Maderno and Francesco Paparelli (facade). This 15th century palace is in Via dei Falegnami, and served as the oldest residence of the powerful Santacroce Publicola family. Close to the palace is Chiesa di S.Maria in Publicolis, deriving its name from the mentioned above family, which was the church's patron. The present look of S.Maria in Publicolis was given it in 1643 by cardinal Marcello Santacroce.

The most celebrated member of the Santacroce family (for which the palace was erected) was cardinal Prospero Santacroce, who imported tobacco in Rome from his diplomatic missions, so that in the beginning it was called "herb Santacroce". His heirs played a major role in its merchandising and in 1598 they were able to start the construction of a large palace; it was completed in 1630-40 by Francesco Peparelli and enlarged in 1670-72 by Giovanni Antonio de' Rossi. The latter also designed an elegant small inner garden.

In the end of the 19th century the palace was occupied by the seat of French Embassy at the Holy See; and in 1904 it became a property of counts Pasolini dell'Onda. At present the building can be seen from Monday to Friday upon request, only groups depending on the other activities of the Institute (Istituto Italo-Latino Americano).

Istituto Italo-Latino Americano members comprise Italy and twenty countries of Latin America. Its aim is to document problems and chances of its member countries in the field of culture, economy, techniques and social. It organizes activities to promote the knowledge of Latin-american reality. It is housed in the Renaissance-style Palazzo Santacroce-Pasolini. There is a library with History, Art, Literature, Politics, Economics, Sciences of Latin America. Library is closed until further notice.

Palazzo Santacroce (Institute of Italo-Latino Americano)
Piazza Benedetto Cairoli,
Via Giovanni Paisiello 24
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Regola (Campo de' Fiori-Piazza Farnese) (Roma centro)
Palazzo Santacroce (Institute of Italo-Latino Americano) is Shown By "Map E Zone" As "117"
Bus: 116, 116T
Telephone: 0039 06 684921
Fax: 0039 06 6872834
Istituto Italo-Latino Americano website:

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