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Must See in Lifetime 'Colonna Palace' in Rome

There are many palaces of great historical value in Rome that you will regret if you miss them. Here we share the 'Palazzo Colonna' that the tour group will not visit. This incomparably beautiful palace is like a magnificent palace in a dream, enough to make you linger. , It is recommended that friends who have not been to Rome, be sure to include this must-see attraction in this life into the itinerary, so that you will not regret it for the rest of your life.

Colonna Palace

Colonna Palace is one of the oldest and largest private palaces in Rome. This historic building was built on the ruins of the Temple of Serapis in ancient Rome. It is located in the Piazza de la Apostles at the foot of Mount Quirinale in the center of Rome, adjacent to the Temple of the Twelve Apostles. Its construction began in the fourteenth century by the Colonna family, from the town of Colonna near Rome, which has lived there since the eighth century, hence the name.

As the construction of the various wings of the Palazzo Colonna lasted five centuries, the interior and exterior of the building show different styles built in different periods. From 1300 to 1500 it served as a family fort. Oddone Colonna, who was elected pope in 1417 under the name of Martin V, made this palace the seat of the Pope and lived here from 1420 to 1431. During these ten years, Pope Martin V has redesigned and implemented a great plan in the originally modest rooms at Palazzo Colonna.

Card Ortone Colonna made it his home before becoming Pope Martin V, and he also made it the papal palace when he was Pope. Due to the good relationship between the Colonna family and the Holy Roman Empire, in 1527, during the sack of Rome by the army of Charles V, Colonna Palace was one of the few that was not sacked and destroyed because of the good relationship between the family and the Empire, and even in 1527. This provided shelter for 3,000 nobles and commoners.

Throughout the 1600s, leading family members Philip I, Cardinal Girolamo I, and Lorenzo Onofrio listened to the highly skilled and prestigious architecture The additions were made in the form of large Baroque palaces on the advice of teachers and artists such as Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Antonio del Grande, Carlo Fontana, Paolo Schor and others.

The appearance of the present palace is that of the Colonna family in the mid-17th century. Cardinal Girolamo Colonna hired the architect Antonio del Grande to transform the palace into a baroque style. Gian Bernini, Carlo Fon Tana, Girolamo Leonardi and John Paul Shore also participated in the design of the palace, and the palace has not been significantly changed since then. After several centuries of changes, it is still the property of the Colonna family.

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Colonna Gallery

The Galleria Colonna (Italian: Galleria Colonna) was commissioned in the mid-1600s by Cardinal Girolamo I Colonna and his nephew Lorenzo Onofrio Colonna. It was inaugurated in 1700 by Philip II, son of Lorenzo Onofrio. The beautiful and majestic Galleria Colonna, 76 meters long, is a true jewel of Baroque Rome and has the artistic value that best represents the palace.

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The Colonna Gallery, like the Doria Pamphili Gallery and Palazzo Pallavicini-Rospilios, is one of the largest private art collections in Rome, presenting the Colonna family's art collection, including works by famous Italian and foreign artists A masterpiece painted in the fifteenth to sixteenth centuries. For example: such as Binduricchio, Cosimo Tula, Carlo Crivelli, Annibale Caracci, Guido Reni, Salvatore Rosa, Bronzino , Guerzino, Paolo Veronese and Gaspar van Vito, among others.

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Great Hall

From the outset, the gallery was conceived as a huge state hall to celebrate the victory of the Christian fleet over the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. Colonna, commander of the Pope's fleet, is depicted many of the vaults and battle columns throughout the hall of the gallery. The vault of the entire gallery hall and the hall of the battle column have made many depictions with the theme of Macantonio II Colonna, the commander of the Pope's fleet. If you look up for too long, your neck will be sore.

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I am overjoyed to be in such a beautiful art palace, and I think it is fortunate that I will come to find out, otherwise, I will really regret for the rest of my life to miss such a beautiful scenic spot.

Hall of the Battle Column

The dome fresco in the Hall of the Battle Column is by Giuseppe Chiari and depicts Macantonio's offering to the Virgin Mary in heaven. The hall is named after a red marble column on a pedestal in the center of the room, reminiscent of the family coat of arms. These carvings represent military scenes from ancient Rome. Among the many works of art in the Hall of the Columns, we would like to point out the beautiful paintings by Bronzino, Venus, Cupid and Satyr. Of particular interest are three large paintings by Michele di Ridolfo: The Night above Bronzino's painting, and Venus and Cupid's Aurora.

On a short flight of stairs leading to the Great Hall, a cannonball can be seen, which was fired by French troops from Mount Janiculum during the Roman Republic in 1849, under the orders of General Oudinot, The general arrived at Porta San Pancrazio to rescue the Pope from Republican rebels such as Mazzini, Armellini and Saffi, who had taken over the center of Rome.

As you lead to the Assembly Hall, you can admire the four large mirrors painted by Mario dei Fiori, Giovanni Stanchi and Carlo Maratta, as well as a series of masterpieces by Guercino, Salvator Rosa, Jacopo Tintoretto, Francesco Salviati, Guido and others.

Wander this beautiful space to admire paintings, sculptures and precious furniture from the family's art collection bound by the fidecommesso (trust) since 1800. For more information about the Colonna family, the palace and its furnishings, the publications provided by the museum can be consulted at any time in the Entrance Hall, the Blue Room, the Hall of Battles and the Hall of Landscapes.

The Hall of the Landscapes

After passing through the majestic yellow Siena marble columns, you come to the Hall of the Landscapes, named after Gaspard Dughet's numerous country-themed paintings.

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The dome depicts the allegory of the Battle of Lepanto, executed by Sebastiano Ricci in the late 1600s. The large cabinet made of ebony and ivory is the work of the German Steinhardt brothers, depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments,

In the center is Michelangelo's painting of The Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. On the opposite wall is a cabinet made of sandalwood and precious stones, depicting a Roman villa at the time.

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Hall of the Apotheosis of Martino

Continue to the Ascension of Martin V, named after the large canvas by Benedetto Luti in the center of the ceiling, which depicts the entry of the family pope into heaven.

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This room is full of important masterpieces

The most important of these is Annibale Carracci's Il Mangiafagioli (The Bean Eater) (pictured below, bottom left), one of the most famous works dating from the late 16th century, depicting the peasants' meals. Three centuries later, the artwork is said to have inspired Impressionist painters such as Van Gogh and Degas. Above the Bean Eater are precious panel paintings of Bronzino, the Virgin and the Sleeping Child, St Anne and the Young St John the Baptist.

The Hall of the Apotheosis of Martino is not only full of paintings, but also the door pieces are carefully crafted, elegant and meticulous, how can it not be loved

The many frescoes inside are meticulous and elegant, fascinating

Throne Room

Family Pope Oddone Colonna was elected on St. Martin's Day, November 11, 1417, which is why he chose the name Martin V. Pope Martin V's tenure lasted until 1431, and Palazzo Colonna became the Pope's residence for about ten years.

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Yellow Room

In this room you can admire Guercino's painting, Moses with the Tables of the Law. The Murano chandelier seen is the largest in the entire palace. In the Old Master studio you can admire a fine French tapestry from the early 1600s (same maker of Boulevard Saint-Marcel in Paris), depicting Queen Athemisia looking at her son Prince Ligudamis Take equestrian lessons.

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Travel Information:

Galleria Colonna is open to the public every Saturday from 9am to 1.15pm. It is close to the Doria Pamphili Gallery and Piazza Venezia, so it is recommended to plan these three attractions to visit on the same day

Gallery tours and private apartments are available by appointment 7 days a week, including holidays. Reservations can be made by calling +39 06 6784350 or writing to

There are many publications about the Colonna family, the Colonna Palace and its art collection, which you can find on Saturday mornings in the Colonna Gallery's bookstore in Via della Pilotta 17 or at the Colonna Gallery's offices.

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