Palazzo Torlonia - Castellesi, Rome

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Palazzo Torlonia is a 16th-century Early Renaissance town house in Via della Conciliazione, Rome, Italy. Built for Cardinal Adriano Castellesi da Corneto from 1496, the architect was Andrea Bregno., although others have attributed the design to Bramante.
The style of architecture was influenced by that of the papal chancery, the Palazzo della Cancelleria, one of Rome's first Renaissance palaces, which had been completed a few years earlier. The palazzo's arcaded inner courtyard has been attributed to Raphael.
In 1504, before its completion, the Cardinal presented the palazzo to King Henry VII of England. The English king Henry VIII later handed it to Lorenzo Campeggio, England's last Cardinal Protector. He lived in the unfinished palazzo from 1519 to 1524. Following England's split from the Church of Rome, remained possession of the Campeggio family until 1609.
From 1609 until 1635, it was owned by the Borghese family. In 1760, it was purchased by the French Giraud banking family. In 1820, it was purchased by the Torlonia family, whose name it retains along with the family's coat of arms above its great portal.
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  • If the doors are opened... you will have a chance to see this amazing place where you'll want to live! This place maybe represent everything you can like about the old "fancy" way of life of Rome! The colors, the architecture, the trees (beautiful in winter and in summer) make you feel in Rome!
  • The palace was built in 1660 by the architect Giovanni Antonio De Rossi on the basis of a project of Bernini, commissioned by the Marquis Francesco Nuez Sanchez. In 1806 it was sold to Luciano Bonaparte, Prince of Canine and brother of Napoleon, who made there major restorations and also built a small theater. Here he was also staying for a long time, also Madama Letizia, mother of Napoleon, and the brother of Emperor Jerome, king of Westphalia. In 1842 the palace was purchased by Mario Torlonia, who had it restored by Antonio Sarti, also expanding the facade on Via Bocca di Leone, which was enlarged for the occasion. The main facade has three floors with fourteen windows and a large portal leading to a garden, adorned with a fountain with the coat of arms of the Torlonias. Another fountain with a sarcophagus and a marble plaque reminiscent of Mario Torlonia was placed in front of the portal. The cornice presents the lilies of France in place of the Napoleonic bees, because of the bad relations that ran between Luciano Bonaparte and his brother Napoleon.
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