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Visit the home of one of Rome's oldest families and see their extensive art collection
One of the oldest and largest private buildings in Rome, it is over 500 years old, and the site of the building has hosted the Colonna family for eight centuries. The Colonna family originally comes from a village of the same name, about 40km outside of Rome. From this nobile family came one Pope, a number of political leaders, and is known for its bitter feud with the Orsini family over influence and power in Rome.
The construction of the Colonna Palace started in the 13th century, and took place over the next 5 centuries comprising several wings that now make up the entire Colonna Palace complex. Legend has it that the earliest part of the palace was host to Dante on his visit to Rome. The current main facades of the building weren’t completed until the 17th and 18th centuries.
Colonna Art Gallery
Today’s main gallery was completed in the early 1700s, and the collection it houses was aquired sometime after 1650 by cardinal Girolamo Colonna and his nephew Lorenzo Onofrio Colonna.
The massive collection that they acquired includes works by Lorenzo Monaco, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Palma the Elder, Salviati, Bronzino, Tintoretto, Pietro da Cortona, Annibale Carracci, Guercino, Francesco Albani, Muziano and Guido Reni. The Palace’s ceiling frescoes are by Filippo Gherardi, Giovanni Coli, Sebastiano Ricci, and Giuseppe Bartolomeo Chiari, and celebrate the role of Marcantonio II Colonna in the battle of Lepanto in 1571.
Of course, there are many more stories behind the palace and the art than space we have to write about here. Book our tour today to get the whole story.