- A walk into lesser known areas
- Palazzo Altemps & its ancient art collection
- Via dei Coronari
- Top level shopping area
A STROLL INTO BEAUTY: PALAZZO ALTEMPS & VIA DEI CORONARI
‘A Stroll into Beauty’ begins with Palazzo Altemps, a luminous and airy Renaissance home with a dazzling art collection, and then continues along Via dei Coronari, in 2019 classed by ‘Architectural Digest’ as one of the ten most beautiful streets in the world. As it always happens in Rome, it will be also a ‘Stroll into Time’.
We are just a few steps away from Piazza Navona, not far from the Tiber. On the opposite side of the river stands Castel Sant’Angelo. Palazzo Altemps, now a branch of the National Roman Museum, was built in the 1480s for Girolamo Riario, nephew of Pope Sixtus IV Della Rovere, married to Caterina Sforza. He was the guy who plotted the assassination of Giuliano de’ Medici in 1478. Got murdered himself ten years later.
The 13-year-long restoration of the palace has brought back the original brick floors from this period and some lively frescoes, the most noteworthy shows a trompe-l’oeil plate-rack displaying Girolamo and Caterina’s wedding gifts. When Girolamo was killed the house was looted and later sold out of the family.
Powerful Cardinal Francesco Soderini acquired it in 1511. Antonio da Sangallo il Vecchio and Baldassarre Peruzzi signed the astounding new courtyard, were our stroll into beauty will stop to admire the exquisitely frescoed Loggia, the statues, the mosaic fountain. Our eye will be caught by the unusual oval structure which reproduces the original covering, sheltering the courtyard’s treasures from atmospheric agents.
Finally, in 1568 the house was acquired by
- This tour lasts three hours and costs 330 euros up to six people (not per person).
- Only private parties.
- For larger parties send us an email!
- Entrance fees per person: Palazzo Altemps (closed on Mondays) 12 euros per person
- No dress code!
- Comfortable shoes or sandals and a hat in summer!