The Palaces of Rome, fascinating witnesses in some cases, in other counterpoints elegant along the route of the Eternal City, still live as authentic symbols of the splendor of the noble Roman families, from Renaissance, through the Baroque period, up to the XVIII and XIX centuries.
Lot of, in the years, They have become institutional, other museums or reserved for public use or remained in private ownership.
Among these architectural gems, some are very famous, others are less known or less popular and deserve, also a careful visit, since it is easy to discover works of art, curiosity and unpublished stories that only Rome can reveal.
Here are some tips to build a hypothetical itinerary, among the many, that the City generously offers, starting with one of the most famous palaces and toward other more unusual buildings.
In 1623 Maffeo Barberini, then Pope urban VIII, order the architect Carlo Maderno the design of a large mansion. So, from a previous building Sforza Family, In the period 1625-1633, assisted by Francesco Borromini, Maderno directs the construction of Palazzo Barberini with an elegant structure acca. After the death of Maderno, in 1629, the direction of the work passes to Bernini, always with the collaboration of Borromini, which, between the various interventions, it is worth noting the particular spiral staircase in the west wing of the Palace. Enchanting elegant rooms decorated by important artists among which we find Pietro da Cortona with a fresco depicting the Triumph of Divine Providence, in the main floor living room. From 1949 It is home to National Gallery of Ancient Art which houses works of the thirteenth to the eighteenth century, counting, among the numerous artists, Raffaello, Caravaggio, El Greco, Guercino, Titian e Tintoretto.
Palazzo Barberini, Via delle Quattro Fontane, 13 - hours Tuesday-Sunday h 8.30-19. Tel. +39 06 4814591
Surely one of the most beautiful buildings in Rome. An imposing sixteenth-century palace, then late Renaissance, It is a project of Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, already the architect of the Palazzo Farnese and collaborator Raffaello in the construction of St. Peter's Basilica, who wanted to create the perfect palace for himself in the last years of his life. The spacious halls of the main floor appear in all their glory with stained-glass windows, the marble statues and ornate ceilings. In particular in the lounge told the Globes, so named because of the presence of two globes made towards the end of 1600 by cosmografo Vincenzo Coronelli, we find the frescoes of Francesco Salviati, Moreover, in the other rooms, we find evidence of Pietro da Cortona e Jacopino Count. It is not by chance that in the palace are some scenes from the Film "The great beauty".
Known as The House of Monsters, because the door depicting a giant gaping mouth with the nose by the threatening nostrils and eyes surrounded by furious furrowed brows and cheeks stretched like frame. The palace was built in 1592 gives Federico Zuccari, and it did not go beyond a main floor: a wonderful series of rooms with frescoes by Zuccari including the called "room of the artist's glory", with effigies of the same Zuccari and his family. In subsequent years, the Palace had several transformations; including that of the '700 when, rented by the Queen of Poland Maria Casimira, It was added the portico with six columns. With the queen also became an important cultural center, among the numerous initiatives, it highlights the construction of two works Scarlatti. Later it was "inn" for artists. In 1904 He was bought by Henriette Hertz who erected other buildings near, so as to realize a complex where you could make an important collection of paintings and a rich library. The charm of the building also struck Gabriele D'Annunzio, who attended the salon of Hertz and then immortalized in "The Pleasure", the novel 1905. Today the building is home to the prestigious Library Hertziana, one of the scientific literature collections and sources on the most important history of art to the world.
With this small selection we wanted to offer only a delicious taste of the many historic buildings in Rome, to which we intend, in the future, add new and evocative suggestions to continue to discover a chapter precious the endless beauties of the city of Roma.