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There is a place in Rome where visitors can pretend to be grand dames and admirals, Popes and princesses. Located right in the centre, it conceals its secrets well however, revealing them only to those who are willing to search for them. The place is Palazzo Colonna, a wonderful baroque building halfway between a museum and a palazzo (even today after centuries, it is still owned by the same Colonna family) it is just a few steps from Piazza Venezia. The history of Palazzo Colonna is closely linked to that of the family of that name; the first documented evidence of the family dates back to the medieval period. It is almost impossible today to identify the original structure of the Palazzo as its current state has resulted from centuries of modernization, restoration and extensions. Most of this work took place during the 1600s when Cardinal Girolamo I Colonna commissioned the architect Antonio de Grande to perform a total renovation of the family property and, in particular, to construct a large gallery. This gallery is now one of the treasures of Roman baroque. Designed to house part of the family collection (which is still exhibited today according to the original display) and at the same time to celebrate the entire dynasty through the achievements of Marcantonio II Colonna, one of the victors of the battle of Lepanto in 1571: his deeds were in fact the subject of the frescoes of the three rooms that make up the gallery, which also contains works by Bronzino, Guido Reni, Tintoretto and other artists active between the 16th and 17th centuries. The other rooms of the palazzo contain a sequence of painted masterpieces (including the Mangiafagioli by Annibale Carracci), precious tapestries and sumptuous pieces of furniture.




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Starts: 9:30 or 15:00

Ends: 12:30 or 18:00

Duration: 3 hours



Group: Max 6 adults

Private: Max 6 adults

Group Price: NA


Private Price: 240€

Meeting Point:


piazza dei Santi Apostoli 66