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Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne, Rome

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The Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne is a Renaissance palace in Rome, Italy. The palace was designed by Baldassarre Peruzzi in 1532-1536 on a site of three contiguous palaces owned by the old Roman Massimo family and built after arson destroyed the earlier structures during the Sack of Rome (1527). In addition the curved façade was dictated by foundations built upon the stands for the stadium (odeon) of the emperor Domitian. It fronts the now-busy Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, a few hundred yards from the front of the church of Sant'Andrea della Valle.The entrance is characterized by a central portico with six Doric columns, paired and single. Inside there are two courtyards, of which the first one has a portico with Doric columns as a basement for a rich loggia, which is also made of Doric columns. The column decorations gave the name to the palace, alle Colonne. The façade is renowned as one of the most masterful of its time, combining both elegance with stern rustication. The recessed entrance portico differs from typical palazzo models such as exemplified by the Florentine Palazzo Medici. In addition, there is a variation of size of windows for different levels, and the decorative frames of the windows of the third floor. Unlike the Palazzo Medici, there is no academic adherence to superimposition of orders, depending on the floor. On the opposite façade of this palace, opening onto the Piazzetta dei Massimo, the palace connects with the frescoed façade of the conjoined annex, the Palazzetto Massimi (or Palazzetto Istoriato). For many centuries, this used to be the central post office of Rome, a Massimo family perquisite. To the left of the palace is the Palazzo di Pirro, built by a pupil of Antonio da Sangallo.
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  • The one thing I noticed immediately about my first visit to Rome is the absolutely amazing and varied history that is to be found in some of the most unexpected places. We were heading to the bar Parl...  more »
  • We were wandering the streets of Rome and came across this square. Piazza de Massimi is a very small piazza one block southeast from Piazza Navona used mainly as a parking lot for cars. We were curiou...  more »
  • A museum with sculptures mainly. The ticket is only € 7 and offers the ability to browse also the terms, the palazzo altemps and the balbi crypt. It is located in front of the Termini station which allows to take the train quickly if needed. Collections are little diversified, but it's still a good time.
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  • Another impressive sight in Rome.
  • Charming historic building, largely due to its history, pity that the Palace is open to visitors every March 16 and only for a few hours. Worth a visit on the back side of the square where you can admire the Palazzo Massimo Stained
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  • I came here a bit abruptly, that he does not have enough travel budgets were all so sorry-I. Be sure to visit the Museum. This incredible collection, which are carefully displayed, radiates light. These are the most exciting collection I've ever visited. Not open to children here, thank God. These collections are Roman rather than today's Rome, tells a story about the Roman Empire. From the whole to the detail is stunning.
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  • We went to see the chapel of the miracle ... exact two hours in a row before you can achieve. The Chapel is striking but the building is in a bad shape, worsened by horrible planters with plants dying. The staff definitely very gruff and how annoyed to see such foll
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