Palazzo Sforza Cesarini

"Palazzo Sforza Cesarini" submitted by RomeTour Editorial Team and last updated on Sunday 5th June 2011

The first owner of this imposing construction was Rodrigo Borgia, future pope Alexander VI. After cardinal Ascanio Maria Sforza's support during the elections of Borgia, the palace passed to him. Subsequently it became of cardinals-nephews of Julius II Della Rovere. Both Sforza and Della Rovere used the palace for the functions of chancellors, that is why for a long time it was called Palazzo della Cancelleria and later Cancelleria vecchia to distinguish it from the new Palazzo della Cancelleria built in 1513.

Palazzo Sforza Cesarini, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Rome Palazzo Sforza Cesarini, Via dei Banchi Vecchi, Rome
The project of the palace belonged to Borromini, and was reconstructed in 18th century by P.Passalacqua and in the end of the 19th century, by P.Piacentini. The latter created a new facade facing Corso Vittorio.

The façade shows the use of some optical "tricks" to give the building a taller and larger appearance: the vertical elements become progressively thinner moving upwards, while the horizontal distance between the windows gets smaller moving from the center.

The palazzo's facade, overlooking Via dei Banchi Vecchi, was entirely reconstructed in the 18th Century, receiving further additions in the 19th Century, thus being altered beyond recognition. Palazzo Sforza Cesarini's main facade was once on Via dei Banchi Vecchi street, but was later moved to Corso Vittorio Emanuele side of the building, which was conceived to be one of Rome's major streets.

In 1536 all the offices of the Chancellery moved into the new seat, and the palace was definitely given to the Sforza family from Milan by Paul III. In 1825-1855 in on of the halls of Palazzo Sforza Cesarini was open a Teatro del Pavone performing mostly the puppet shows. Still, upon entering the spacious courtyard, one is immediately confronted with purely Renaissance features, revealing the palazzo's true origins.

Palazzo Sforza Cesarini
First Entrance: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 284
Zone: Rione Ponte (Via Coronari-Ponte Vittorio) (Roma centro)
Second Entrance: Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 118
Zone: Rione Ponte (Via Coronari-Ponte Vittorio) (Roma centro)
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Palazzo Sforza Cesarini is Shown By "Map H Zone" As "32"
Bus: 40, 46, 62, 64
Tel: +39 06 9395 3134

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