Rome Sights

Palazzo Venezia

  • Via del Plebiscito 118 Map It
  • Piazza di Spagna

Published 04/26/2016

Fodor's Review

Centerpiece of the eponymous piazza, this palace was originally built for Venetian cardinal Pietro Barbo, who became Pope Paul II. It was also the backdrop used by Mussolini to harangue crowds with dreams of empire from the balcony over the main portal. Lights were left on through the night during his reign to suggest that the Fascist leader worked without pause. The palace shows a mixture of Early Renaissance grace and heavy Late Medieval lines; rooms include frescoes by Giorgio Vasari and an Algardi sculpture of Pope Innocent X. The loggia has a pleasant view over the tranquil garden courtyard, a million miles away from the chaos of Piazza Venezia on the other side of the building. The ticket price includes an audio guide.

Sight Information

Address:

Via del Plebiscito 118, Rome, Latium, 00186, Italy

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Phone:

06-69994388

Sight Details:

  • €5
  • Tues.–Sun. 8:30–7:30 (ticket office closes 1 hr early)

Published 04/26/2016

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