Palazzo Valentini is a Renaissance building built in the period 1583-85 by Cardinal Bonelli in an area that was then included in the forum of Trajan. The project was carried out by Frà Domenico Paganelli from Florence and then expanded in the following century when it became the property of Cardinal Imperiali.
At the end of the eighteenth century, the building was bought by the banker Vincenzo Valentini who commissioned the neoclassical facade towards the forum of Trajan. Only after the Unification of Italy, starting in 1873, the building became the property of the Italian State that made it the quarter of the Province of Rome.
The treasure of Palazzo Valentini
The Palazzo Valentini building has a trapezoidal plan with an entrance hall and an internal courtyard where some sculptures of the classical age are still preserved today. This is because, although not everyone is aware of the vast amount of archaeological beauties present in Rome, Palazzo Valentini can offer visitors magnificent treasures from the Roman era.
The building has been used for some years to be the seat of the Province of Rome, therefore as a public office for the performance of the bureaucracy; but there are many archaeological finds and not only that the visitor can contemplate by going to Palazzo Valentini. Above all, the marvelous Roman Domus located under the palace.
The Domus Romane of Palazzo Valentini
The one that stands in the basement of Palazzo Valentini is a Roman Domus of the imperial age that belonged to a very popular family of the time, probably a senator. The big news for those who go to visit Palazzo Valentini is that you can visit the Domus as it once was.
This thanks to a work of multimedia reconstruction carried out over the years and the result of a teamwork between archaeologists, architects, and art historians. Recently, among other things, in 2006, excavation works were carried out that have brought to light new environments and findings of absolute historical interest.
There are important mosaics, various decorations of walls, marble, ornaments, statues, gardens, and baths typical of the Roman era. The technological innovations introduced make the Domus Romana of Palazzo Valentini the first example of a multimedia visit among the ruins of Rome: a guided tour in which the visitor himself becomes the absolute protagonist.
Once you enter Palazzo Valentini you go down into the basement and then you enter the Domus walking on transparent floors that allow you to look down where a play of light combined with video effects to faithfully reconstruct the floor and mosaics as they once were. An alternative visit to be carried out on Rome.