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Palazzo Borghese, Rome

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Palazzo Borghese is a palace in Rome, Italy, the main seat of the Borghese family. It was nicknamed il Cembalo ("the harpsichord") due to its unusual trapezoidal groundplan; its narrowest facade faces the River Tiber. The entrance at the opposite end of the building, the "keyboard" of the cembalo, faces onto the Fontanella di Borghese, with another in a great flanking facade to the Piazza Borghese that is extended by a slightly angled facade leading down Via Borghese towards the river. Both these entrances lead into a large courtyard on one side of which is a two level open arcade, with paired Doric and Ionic columns, that frames the garden beyond.HistoryThe architectural historian Howard Hibbard has demonstrated that the nine-bay section of the palace on Piazza Fontanella Borghese was begun in 1560/61 for Monsignor Tommaso del Giglio, whose coat of arms or stemma remain over the door in Piazza Borghese, and he suggests that the architect was Vignola, an attribution accepted by Anthony Blunt, considered conclusive by James S. Ackerman and followed by other scholars since, with more or less reduced interventions by Longhi. Before Tomasso del Giglio died in 1578, the façade and the unique but undocumented double-columned two-storey arcade of the courtyard had been established, a conceptual scheme of Vignola's, Hibbard suggested, but which was carried out in 1575-78 by Martino Longhi the Elder. Longhi was retained by Pedro Cardinal Deza, who bought the property in 1587, but seems to have done little more than continue the great courtyard.
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  • Construction of this palace for Cardinal Tommaso del Giglio began in the mid-16th century. In 1604, the palace was acquired by Cardinal Camillo Borghese (the future Pope Paul V)... Over the next four centuries, Palazzo Borghese improved and modernized what exactly happened - you can see walking through Piazza Borghese. By the way, until 1891 Palazzo Borghese was the place of storage of the family collection of works of art of the Borghese family, then transferred to the Borghese Gallery on Villa Borghese... Also by the way, when walking on Piazza Borghese you can turn your tourist and bookish attention to Mercatino del libro...
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  • To those who have not happened to pass in front of the palace on the side of Ripetta Street, because, let's face it, what strikes the attentive eye is the buffering of its upper balcony. Well, if you've happened, as has happened to me on more than one occasion, you may have noticed the glass ed. And with all due respect to those who live in a poor condition, passing by we pretended nothing. Because the ugly is immediately used, but Palazzo Farnese is one of the most beautiful buildings that that noble caste has bequeathed to the Eternal City, which, unlike today, had to be a beautiful life if everyone loved it so much that they also wanted to die. Because of its irregular shape stretching towards the Tiber, the vulgar, fierce and ruthless, has nicknamed it "the cembalo", because the plant really resembles the musical instrument. Inside it is a triumph of beauty with frescoed vaults, faces on the nymph and the view of the magnificent fountains with the prospect of hedges that invite you to discover the quiet of the garden, leaving out any mention of the rich art gallery of priceless value. Recently, in front of the disused door, the occupant was evicted and a large vase was placed to deter other attackers.
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  • I could not get into the building but just walked by. There is a sign posted nearby with some history of it. This palace in Rome was the main seat of the Borghese family. The main façades have three s...  more »
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