Fodor's Expert Review Palazzo Venezia
The centerpiece of the eponymous piazza, this was Rome's first great Renaissance palace. It was originally built for Venetian cardinal Pietro Barbo (who eventually became Pope Paul II), but it was repurposed in the 20th century by Mussolini, who used it to harangue crowds with speeches from the balcony over the finely carved door. Lights were left on through the night during his reign to suggest that the Fascist leader worked without pause. The palace is now open to the public and rooms include frescoes by Giorgio Vasari and an Algardi sculpture of Pope Innocent X. There are many decorative art exhibits inside and 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.