Palazzo Torres Massimo Lancellotti (Lancellotti Palace)

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Palazzo Torres Massimo Lancellotti (Lancellotti Palace), Piazza Navona

Palazzo Torres Massimo Lancellotti (Lancellotti Palace, also known as de Torres) was built for the Spanish family Torres by P.Ligorio in 1560. The palace is irregular and has ten sides with the longest one on Via della Posta Vecchia. The main facades are one the Piazza Navona and Via della Cuccagna. The windows on the noble floor are of the 15th century type, while in the rest of the palace, of the 16th century.

PALAZZO MASSIMO LANCELLOTTI, Piazza Navona
The Palazzo Torres Lancellotti was designed by Francesco da Volterra, and completed by Carlo Maderno. The latter was most probably also responsible for the decorative scheme of the courtyard of which the collection of sculpture forms an integral part. Palazzo Mattei, also a work of Carlo Maderno, reflects similar decorative features in the courtyard and similar ideas.

Interior is characterized by beautiful halls with the carved ceilings. In the end of the 18th century the main hall was used as a theatre; and several decades before the palace housed Chamber printing-office.

The building, an example of late-Renaissance architecture, features an interesting main façade with three orders of eleven travertine windows, decorated by and topped by a cornice. The building is accessed through an imposing portal sided by columns and topped by a balcony, leading to a courtyard that has columns on one side and is decorated with plants, ancient reliefs and stuccoes.

The loggia features some statues that represent the remains of a great collection: it included the statue of Pudicitia, Diana Efesina and the bas-relief of Medea, now hosted in the Vatican Museums. Inside the palace, it is possible to admire the wonderful frescoes by Agostino Tassi and Guercino con landscapes, allegories and views.

More about The Lancellotti family and Palazzo Torres Massimo Lancellotti: http://www.isvroma.it/public/lancellotti/enegren.pdf

Address:
Palazzo Torres Massimo Lancellotti (Lancellotti Palace)
Piazza Navona, 114
00186, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Parione (Navona-Campo de' Fiori) (Roma centro)
Palazzo Torres Massimo Lancellotti (Lancellotti Palace) is Shown By "Map H Zone" As "59"
Bus: 70, 81, 87, 116, 116T, 186, 204, 492, 628

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