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Palazzo della Cancelleria, Rome

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The Palazzo della Cancelleria is a Renaissance palace in Rome, Italy, situated between the present Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and the Campo de' Fiori, in the rione of Parione. It was built between 1489–1513 by Donato Bramante as a palace for Cardinal Raffaele Riario, Camerlengo of the Holy Roman Church, and is regarded as the earliest Renaissance palace in Rome. The Palazzo houses the Papal Chancellery, is an extraterritorial property of the Holy See, and is designated as a World Heritage Site.
As of 2015, it was the residence of retired Cardinal Bernard Law of Boston, United States.
The Cancelleria was built for Cardinal Raffaele Riario who held the post of Cardinal Camerlengo to his powerful uncle, Pope Sixtus IV. The rumor was that the funds came from a single night's winnings at gaming. The edifice has traditionally been attributed to Donato Bramante and Andrea Bregno. Current opinion of the architect's identity is divided, with Francesco di Giorgio Martini and Baccio Pontelli suggested as having been involved in the early stages of its design.
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  • We went there to see the "Mostra di Leonardo" exhibition. It was wonderful, no lines, ample access to Leonardo's art and inventions, great for adults and kids.  more »
  • Great interactive exhibition! No more that a couple of hours and a few euros, plenty to do and play with. Signage tells the story, amazing.  more »
  • The Palace of the Chancellery has a long history, but surely the beauties it shows linger on the Renaissance. The so-called "Riaria Hall" has the preparatory cartoons used for the mosaics of St. Peter of the 17th, while the "Room of 100 Days", frescoed by Vasari and aid, is simply magnificent. A tribute to Pope Paul III Farnese through allegories, real historical episodes and portraits of men who made the history of the papacy and Rome in general. The so-called "Chapel of the Pale", also called "Salviati Chapel" completes the visit to the Piano Nobile: its stucco and its frescoes with a Renaissance taste, which draws on scenes from the Old and New Testaments, make the small environment truly special. And then the courtyard, by the Bramante, to complete what is considered the first Renaissance palace in Rome. To see!
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  • A wonderful exhibition of Leonard’s inventions
  • We get into the exhibition and it was really worthy. There are many of Leonardo's inventions that I hadn't a clue about it, very educative and interactive, you can touch many of them and play with the exhibition. Loved it
  • Perfect place for conferences. Nice building
  • Leonardo de Vinci museum - interesting
  • I stumbled acroos this place by accident. Nice little museum exhibiting reproductions of all of Da Vinci's inventions. Its small and well formed and the exhibits range from meh to fascinating. worth a visist especially with kids. Some of the exhibits are interactive
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