The building is located in the heart of the capital, in the heart of Rome, a few steps from Piazza Venezia. With its wonderful halls, Galleria Colonna has always been one of the best places of artistic and cultural interest of Baroque Rome; here you can enjoy a massive quantity of works of art, namely paintings, sculptures and furnishing objects, dating back to a history period between the 14th and 18th centuries.
Colonna Gallery History
The Colonna Gallery was built in the Baroque, in the mid 1600s, by the will of Cardinal Girolamo I Colonna and his nephew Lorenzo Onofrio Colonna. The latter’s son, Filippo II, inaugurated it back in 1700. The well-known architect Antonio del Grande worked on the original project, to be later developed by other well-known names such as Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Paolo Schor, and Carlo Fontana.
The Palace belongs to the Colonna family, which has carried the same name for over 20 generations. Over the years, the building has been enriched with other buildings in adjacent areas. Characterized by a mixture of architectural styles, each building becomes a faithful expression of the era they represent.
Visits to Palazzo Colonna
The Palazzo Colonna in Rome and its gallery open to the general public every Saturday morning. It is also possible to take private tours of the building to admire the gallery, originally created as a representative room to celebrate the Christian victory over the Turks in the famous battle of Lepanto in 1571; enterprise led by Marcantonio II Colonna, the commander of the papal fleet.
The Palazzo Colonna tour in Rome also includes the Princess Isabelle’s apartment with the Pinturicchio frescoes, the Sala della Colonna Bellica, the great hall that has the peculiarity of exposing a true cannon ball that was fired by the French army, in 1849 directly from the Gianicolo hill, during the period of the Roman Republic.
A tour of absolute interest immersed in art and culture, another great alternative to the most famous places in Rome. During this tour, you can absolutely immerse yourself in this masterpiece of the Baroque and be familizarized with the Colonna family history, discovering the many masterpieces in the palace.