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ROME - THE PALACES

In addition to the testimonies of the Roman empire, Rome wonderfully preserves also the traces of most recent past but still very attractive.  In the past centuries the styles added and overlapped each other expressing each one its own magnificence and creating in its whole a unique city in the world for its beauty .  

Here are some examples of the beautiful palaces, perfectly preserved, in this city: 

Quirinal Palace  is the residence of the President of the Republic of Italy. It's the residence of the President. Its construction started in 1583 on the orders of Pope Gregory XIII and is one of the most important palaces of the capital both from the artistic and political viewpoint. The palace develops around a stately courtyard and it includes 1200 rooms. Around the courtyard the most beautiful rooms of the palace are used as state rooms for the President while his private apartment is at the back of the palace. The building is open for publics visits all Sundays from 8,30 am to 12,00.  

Palazzo Montecitorio is the seat of the Italian Republic Chamber of Deputies. It was built by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the middle of 600. It has a Roman baroque style with a slightly bent fašade which follows the artificial hill on which it is located. After Bernini died the construction was continued by Carlo Fontana who kept the fašade and added a bell gable above the main entrance. The building was completed in1696. The most important state rooms are at the second floor where is the office of the Chamber of Deputies President. You get to the second floor through a monumental grand staircase from which you enter the so called busts corridor where are the bronze and marble busts of 30 renowned deputies. In 1918 some extension works were done by the architect from Palermo Ernesto Basile which brought to the construction of the current Chamber sessions hall in a Art Nouveau style. At Palazzo Montecitorio there are over one thousand paintings and sculptures from the XVI to the XX century, some thousands of engravings and lithographs, a group of archeological finds and a discrete quantity of art assets such as clocks, furniture, tapestries etc. It is possible to visit the palace the first Sunday of any month. Schools could ask to book a guided visits of the palace to make young people know the palace and how the Chamber works.  

Palazzo Chigi is the Italian Government residence and the house of the Prime Minister. The palace was built in 1578 by the family Aldobrandini. It is built on a regular plan with a rectangular form. The entrance is in Via del Corso even if the most famous fašade is looking at Piazza Colonna. Inside the palace it is possible to admire the precious art works. It is possible to visit this building from May to Cotober in the morning of Saturday. The visits are free and done only when booked in advance.  

Palazzo Madama is the seat of the Senate. It is located few meters away from Piazza Navona. The building construction was started in the second half of the XV century. It has a regular plant which reminds a pentagon. The main entrance brings you to honours courtyard with an arcade. At the left of the arcade the San Luigi dei Francesci staircase overtopped by a roof in gilded wood from XVI century with the Midicis coat of arms. The staircase brings to the first floor where are all the state rooms and the Senate sessions hall. It is possible to visit the museum inside, the staircase and the medieval court from 10,00 am to 6,00 pm from Tuesday to Saturday.   

Palazzo Senatorio is located in the Capitoline Hill and is the seat of Rome City Hall. It was built in the period of the roman communes experience and then built again in 83 b.C. after it was destroyed in a fire. The palace was then further renovated in 1538 by Pope Paolo III Farnese who entrusted Michelangelo for the works. When Michelangelo died the works were completed by Giacomo della Porta. The palace has a great external stair and a great basin overlapped by a sculpture. Inside is the office of the Mayor which is located in the tower of Pope Niccol˛ V, the Council Hall which contains a statue of Julious Caesar from the I century b. C. and on the floor a mosaic coming from Ostia Antica. It is possible to book a visit of the palace which is opened every 15 days for 20 citizens.   

These are but only few examples of what you can expect to find in the magnificent city and very good reasons to rent a holiday apartment in the region Latium!