Villas and palazzi in Rome

On this page of The Travel Bunny’s free Rome travel guide, you can discover important villas and palazzi in Rome. You will definitely pass by them while you visit Rome, and it will be nice to know what they represent.

Therefore, for each of these villas and palazzi in Rome, you will find:

  • the name of the villa or palazzo in Rome and a photo of it;
  • a short description of each villa and palazzi in Rome;
  • visiting information including opening times, ticket prices, address and map location, telephone if available, and details on how to get to these villas and palazzi in Rome using public transport.

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Villas and palazzi in Rome: Palazzi Campidoglio. Photo by Nicholas Gemini [CC BY-SA 4.0]

Palazzi Campidoglio

When Emperor Carol V visited Rome in 1536, Pope Paul II felt ashamed by the state of Capitoline Hill. Therefore, he asked Michelangelo to help change its appearance. Ten years later, the master began his work, yet died before it was finished.

However, Michelangelo’s touch can be spotted in the double stairs of the Palazzo Senatorio, the facades of the Palazzo dei Conservatori, and Palazzo Nuovo, and the placement of the ancient sculptures.


Tickets, opening times, and other useful information


Opening times

Palazzo dei Conservatori, Palazzo Nuovo, and Palazzo Senatorio are part of the Capitoline Museums. They are open from Tuesday to Sunday, between 09.30 and 19.30. Closed on Mondays.


Tickets

A full general admission ticket to visit these palazzi in Rome costs €15.00.

Reduced tickets cost €13.00 and are offered to all EU citizens.

Free access is provided to children under the age of 18 years with reduced mobility. Admission is also free of charge on the first Sunday of each month.

Capitoline Museums in Rome
Address: Piazza del Campidoglio, 1, 00186 Roma RM, Italy | See on map
Public transport: Buses 64, 87, and 119 will take you to the nearby Piazza Venezia.
Tel. +39 06 0608


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Villas and palazzi in Rome: Palazzo Altemps

Palazzo Altemps

Palazzo Altemps was raised in 1585 by Martino Longhi. Today, its beautifully decorated rooms are full of ancient sculptures. That is because it is one of the four buildings that form the National Roman Museum.


Tickets, opening times, and other useful information


Opening times

Palazzo Altemps is open from Tuesday to Sunday, between 09.00 and 19.45. Closed on Mondays.


Tickets

A full general admission ticket costs €12.00.

The ticket for Palazzo Altemps is also valid for Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Baths of Diocletian, and Crypta Balbi.

Palazzo Altemps
Address: Piazza di Sant’Apollinare, 46, 00186 Roma RM, Italy | See on map
Public transport: Buses 30, 70, 81, 87, 492, and 628 have stops near Palazzo Altemps.
Tel. +39 06 684851


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Villas and palazzi in Rome: Apollo’s Chariot in Palazzo Barberini. By Giuseppe Bartolomeo Chiari [CC BY-SA 4.0]

Palazzo Barberini

When Mattei Barberini became Pope Urban VIII in 1623, he wanted to build a palace for his family on the outskirts of Rome. Architect Carlo Moderno thought it out as a large country villa, with three floors of arches. Then, Bernini added the square stairs located on the left side, while Borromini added the spiraled staircase on the right side.

The Barberini family sold this palace to the Italian state in 1949 and it became home to a part of the National Gallery of Ancient Art. The art gallery was founded in 1893 when Palazzo Corsini was also sold to the state. Today, Palazzo Barberini is home to over 1700 paintings, growing with each acquisition from the noble families in Rome.


Tickets, opening times, and other useful information


Opening times

Palazzo Barberini is open from Tuesday to Sunday, between 08.30 and 19.00. Closed on Mondays.


Tickets

A full general admission ticket for both locations costs €12.00.

Reduced tickets cost €2.00 and are offered to EU citizens with ages between 18 and 25 years.

Free access is provided to children under 18 years.

The ticket for Palazzo Barberini is also valid for Palazzo Corsini.

Palazzo Barberini
Address: Via delle Quattro Fontane, 13, 00184 Roma RM, Italy | See on map
Public transport: Subway line A stops at the Barberini station. Buses 52, 53, 56, 58, 58, 60, 61, 95, 116, 175, 492, and 590 also have stops nearby.
Tel. +39 06 481 4591


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Villas and palazzi in Rome: Palazzo Borghese. Photo by Lalupa [CC BY-SA 3.0]

Palazzo Borghese

Palazzo Borghese is also known as The Clavecine (Il Cembalo) because of its unusual shape. Built in the 17th century according to Vignola’s design, Palazzo Borghese was a place where the papal entourage retreated for parties and other distractions.

Today, it is the headquarters of the Spanish Embassy in Rome.


Tickets, opening times, and other useful information

Palazzo Borghese is no longer open for tourists unless there is a temporary exhibition.

You can check out current and upcoming exhibitions here.

Palazzo Borghese
Address: Piazza Borghese, 9, 00186 Roma RM, Italy | See on map
Public transport: Buses 70, 81, 87, 119, 492, and 628 have stops close to Palazzo Borghese.
Tel. +39 06 8379 6619


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Villas and palazzi in Rome: Palazzo Chigi

Palazzo Chigi

Next to Piazza Colonna and Via del Corso, there is Palazzo Chigi. The construction was started by Giacomo della Porta in 1562, and completed by Carlo Maderno in 1580. The Chigi family from Siena bought it in 1659.

Today, Palazzo Chigi is the official residence of Italy’s Prime Minister.


Tickets, opening times, and other useful information


Admission to Palazzo Chigi is free of charge. However, you must book your visit in advance.

Palazzo Chigi
Address: Piazza Colonna, 370, 00186 Roma RM, Italy | See on map
Public transport: Buses 119 and 628 can drop you within walking distance of Palazzo Chigi.
Tel. +39 06 67791


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Villas and palazzi in Rome: Gardens of the Palazzo Colonna in Rome | Sailko [CC BY 3.0]

Palazzo Colonna

Raised in over five centuries, Palazzo Colonna is a series of buildings in the center of Rome. It is located at the base of Quirinal Hill, next to the Church of the Holy Apostles. Its name comes from the Colonna family, who owned it for over 20 generations.

Today, inside Palazzo Colonna, travelers can see pieces by Lotto, Tintoretto, and Veronese.


Tickets, opening times, and other useful information


Opening times

Palazzo Colonna is open on Saturdays, between 09.00 and 14.00.


Tickets

A full general admission ticket to visit these three palazzi in Rome costs €12.00.

Reduced tickets cost €10.00 and are offered to children from 13 to 17 years of age, seniors over 60 years, university students, and visitors with disabilities.

Free access is provided to children under the age of 12 years.

Palazzo Colonna
Address: Via della Pilotta, 17, 00187 Roma RM, Italy | See on map
Public transport: Tram 8 and buses 40, 60, 64, 70, 117, and 170 can drip you close to Palazzo Colonna.
Tel. +39 06 678 4350


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Villas and palazzi in Rome: Madonna with child and angels in Palazzo Corsini

Palazzo Corsini

Together with Palazzo Barberini, Palazzo Corsini formes the National Gallery of Ancient Art. Inside, it has some important works by Caravaggio, Fra Angelico, Rubens, Tiziano, and Van Dyck.


Tickets, opening times, and other useful information


Opening times

Palazzo Corsini is open from Tuesday to Sunday, between 08.30 and 19.00. Closed on Mondays.


Tickets

A full general admission ticket for both locations costs € 12.00.

Reduced tickets cost € 2.00 and are offered to EU citizens with ages between 18 and 25 years.

Free access is provided to children under 18 years.

The ticket for Palazzo Corsini is also valid for Palazzo Barberini.

Palazzo Corsini
Address: Via della Lungara, 10, 00165 Roma RM, Italy | See on map
Public transport: Buses 23 and 280 have stops that are close to Palazzo Corsini.
Tel. +39 06 6880 2323


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Villas and palazzi in Rome: Palazzo del Quirinale. Photo by Franco Vannini from Sansepolcro (AR), Italy [CC BY 2.0]

Palazzo del Quirinale

Quirinale Hill is the largest among the seven hills of Rome. It is actually where the Sabines lived in the first days of Rome. The Palazzo del Quirinale was built here in the year 1574 as a summer residence of the Pope. In 1870, it became the official residence of Italy’s kings. Then, in 1947, it became the residence of Italy’s presidents.


Tickets, opening times, and other useful information


Opening times

Palazzo del Quirinale is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between 09.00 and 16.00. Closed on Mondays and Thursdays.


Tickets

Access to Palazzo del Quirinale costs €1.50 for the Artistic-Institutional tour or €10.00 for the Thematic Itinera. Guided tours available only in Italian ned to be booked at least 5 days prior to visiting. Book a visit here.

Palazzo del Quirinale
Address: Piazza del Quirinale, 00187 Roma RM, Italy | See on map
Public transport: Buses 40, 60, 64, 70, and 170 stop within walking distance of Palazzo del Quirinale.
Tel. +39 06 46991


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Villas and palazzi in Rome: Palazzo della Cancellaria

Palazzo della Cancellaria

Built at the end of the 14000s, Palazzo della Cancellaria is one of the most charming palaces from the early Renaissance. Once the Papal Chancellery, it still has a beautiful garden and wonderful ancient monuments.


Tickets, opening times, and other useful information


Opening times

Palazzo della Cancellaria is open daily, between 07.30 and 20.00.


Tickets

A full general admission ticket costs € 9.00.

Palazzo della Cancellaria
Address: Piazza della Cancelleria, 1, 00186 Roma RM, Italy | See on map
Public transport: Buses 46, 62, 64, and 916 have stops close to Palazzo della Cancellaria.
Tel. +39 06 6988 7566


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Villas and palazzi in Rome: Palazzo di Montecitorio. Photo by Geobia [CC BY-SA 3.0]

Palazzo di Montecitorio

Bernini began working on this magnificent baroque palace for Cardinal Ludovico Ludovisi, nephew of the Pope. When the Cardinal dies, work ceased. During the Pope Innocentius XII, Carlo Fontana was hired to finish Palazzo Montecitorio.

Since 1871, Palazzo Montecitorio has been the home of Italy’s Chamber of Duties.


Tickets, opening times, and other useful information


Opening times

Palazzo di Montecitorio is open for the public on the first Sunday of every month.


Tickets

Admission to the exhibitions inside the Palazzo di Montecitorio is free of charge.

Palazzo di Montecitorio
Address: Piazza di Monte Citorio, 00186 Roma RM, Italy | See on map
Public transport: Buses 119 and 628 stop by the Palazzo di Montecitorio.
Tel. +39 06 67601


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Villas and palazzi in Rome: Palazzo Farnese. Photo by Myrabella [CC BY-SA 3.0]

Palazzo Farnese

Ordered by Alessandro Farnese (Pope Paul III) in 1517, the Palazzo Farnese is one of the largest in Rome. Built in the Renaissance style, it is the work of Michelangelo and Antonio da Sangallo the Younger.

Today, Palazzo Farnese is home to the French Embassy in Rome.


Tickets, opening times, and other useful information


Opening times

Palazzo Farnese can be visited on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.


Tickets

A full general admission ticket costs €11.00. You must book a ticket at least one week in advance.
Please note that children under 10 years of age are not allowed inside, so plan accordingly if traveling with kids.

Palazzo Farnese
Address: Piazza Farnese, 67, 00100 Roma RM, Italy | See on map
Public transport: Buses 23 and 180 stop close to Palazzo Farnese.
Tel. +39 06 0606 0884


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Villas and palazzi in Rome: Palazzo Madama. Photo by Paul Hermans [CC BY-SA 3.0]

Palazzo Madama

The Renaissance-style Palazzo Madama was founded in the 16th century. It belonged to Pope Leon X, from the Medici family. The Baroque facade made of brick and the marble around the windows were added in the 17th century.

Since 1870, Palazzo Madama has been the headquarters of Italy’s House of Senate.


Tickets, opening times, and other useful information


Opening times

Palazzo Madama is open to the public on the first Saturday of every month, between 13.30 and 18.00.


Tickets

Access to visit Palazzo Madama is free of charge.

On the day of the visit, you must pick up your ticket in advance, by going to 11 Piazza Madama, after 11.00 o’clock.

Palazzo Madama
Address: Piazza Madama, 00186 Roma RM, Italy | See on map
Public transport: Buses 30, 70, 81, 87, 492, and 628 stop close to Palazzo Madama.
Tel. +39 06 67061


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Villas and palazzi in Rome: Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne

Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne

Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne is the 16th-century masterpiece of architect Baldassare Perruzi. The construction marks the transition from the Roman architecture in the Renaissance to the dramatic experiments that lead to the Baroque style.

The curved facade of Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne respects Neoclassical standards and maintains the shape of the foundation of the old Domitian Theater. On the street side, the colonnade portico catches the attention of passers-by, while the other facade is decorated with monochrome frescoes.


Tickets, opening times, and other useful information


Opening times

Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne is open only on 16 March, each year, between 07.00 and 13.00.

Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne
Address: Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, 141, 00186 Roma RM, Italy | See on map
Public transport: Buses 40, 46, 62, and 64 will take you near Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne.


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Villas and palazzi in Rome: Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

Palazzo Massimo alle Terme

This 19th-century neo-Renaissance palace houses one of the most important ancient art collections in the world. Palazzo Massimo alle Terme is actually one of the four buildings that form the National Roman Museum. It houses sculptures, frescoes, mosaics, coins, and gold jewelry.


Tickets, opening times, and other useful information


Opening times

Palazzo Massimo alle Terme is open from Tuesday to Sunday, between 09.00 and 19.45. Closed on Mondays.


Tickets

A full general admission ticket to all locations costs €12.00.

The ticket for Palazzo Massimo alle Terme is also valid for Palazzo Altemps, the Baths of Diocletian, and Crypta Balbi.

Palazzo Massimo alle Terme
Address: Largo di Villa Peretti, 2, 00185 Roma RM, Italy | See on map
Public transport: Buses 64, 70, 82, 85, 90, 170, and 590 have stops near Palazzo Massimo alle Terme. The subway station Termini is also within walking distance if you take the metro on line A or B.
Tel. +39 06 480201


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Villas and palazzi in Rome: Ceiling with the symbol of the Doria Pamphilj family. Photo by Livioandronico2013 [CC BY-SA 4.0]

Palazzo Pamphilj

Built between 1791 and 1811, Palazzo Pamphilj is the last palace made for the papal family. To harmonize the palace with the nearby piazza, Cosimo Morelli used Renaissance decorations.


Tickets, opening times, and other useful information


Opening times

Palazzo Pamphilj is open daily, between 09.00 and 19.00.


Tickets

A full general admission ticket costs €12.00.

Reduced tickets cost €8.00 and are available to visitors between 6 and 26 years of age.

Free access is provided to children under 6 years.

Palazzo Pamphilj
Address: Piazza Navona, 14, 00186 Roma RM, Italy | See on map
Public transport: Buses 30, 70, 81, 87, 492, and 628 stop in the vicinity of Palazzo Pamphilj.
Tel. +39 06 679 7323


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Villas and palazzi in Rome: Palazzo Spada. Photo by Sonse [CC BY 2.0]

Palazzo Spada

With richly ornated Renaissance facades, Palazzo Spada is a symbol of the glorious past on the Eternal City.

In the 17th century, it was the home of two brothers, Bernardino and Virginio Spada. Today, Palazzo Spada houses the State Council and an art gallery with an impressive collection. The interior courtyard is amazing, decorated with stucco representing the 12 gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus.


Tickets, opening times, and other useful information


Opening times

Palazzo Spada is open from Tuesday to Sunday, between 08.30 and 19.30.


Tickets

A full general admission ticket costs €5.00.

Reduced tickets cost €2.00 and are available for EU citizens with ages between 18 and 25 years.

Free access is offered to children under 18 years and senior visitors with ages over 65 years.

Palazzo Spada
Address: Piazza Capo di Ferro, 13, 00186 Roma RM, Italy | See on map
Public transport: Buses 46, 56, 62, 64, 70, 81, 87, 492, and 628 can drop you close to Galleria Spada.
Tel. +39 06 683 2409


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Villas and palazzi in Rome: Palazzo Venezia. Photo by Gobbler at wikivoyage [CC BY-SA 3.0]

Palazzo Venezia

Made between 1455 and 1464 by a Florentine architect for the Venitian Cardinal Pietro Barbo, Palazzo Venezia is the first grand Renaissance palace in Rome. It has a beautiful courtyard, with an 18th-century fountain, surrounded by palm trees.


Tickets, opening times, and other useful information


Opening times

Palazzo Venezia is open from Tuesday to Sunday, between 08.30 and 19.30. Closed on Mondays.


Tickets

A full general admission ticket costs €10.00.

Reduced tickets cost €2.00 and are available for EU citizens with ages between 18 and 25 years.

Free access is offered to EU citizens under 18 years.

Palazzo Venezia
Address: Piazza di S. Marco, 49, 00186 Roma RM, Italy | See on map
Public transport: Tram 8 and buses 30, 46, 62, 64, 70, 81, 87, and 119 have stops near Palazzo Venezia.
Tel. +39 06 6999 4284


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Palazzi and villas in Rome: Palazzo Zuccari Sailko [CC BY-SA 3.0]

Palazzo Zuccari

This fantastic building used to be the 16th-century workshop of painters Tadeo and Federico Zuccari. You can easily spot it thanks to the carpentry of its windows which makes them look like howling mouths.


Tickets, opening times, and other useful information


Opening times

Palazzo Zuccari is normally closed to the general public, but organized tours take place around every two months.


Tickets

Access to Palazzo Zuccari is free of charge but must be booked in advance here.

Palazzo Zuccari
Address: Via Gregoriana, 28, 00187 Roma RM, Italy | See on map
Public transport: Subway station Spagna is the closest to Palazzo Zuccari.
Tel. +39 06 6999 3201


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Villas and palazzi in Rome: Villa Giulia. Photo by Sailko [CC BY-SA 4.0]

Villa Giulia

Conceived by Vignola, Ammannati, and Vasari, Villa Giulia was a wonder of the 16th century. It was the refuge of Pope Julius III’s escapades and where he stored his collection of classical statues. Villa Giulia actually houses the most important Etruscan collection in Rome.


Tickets, opening times, and other useful information


Opening times

Villa Giulia is open from Tuesday to Sunday, between 09.00 and 20.00. Closed on Mondays.


Tickets

A full general admission ticket costs €10.00.

Reduced tickets cost €2.00 and are available for EU citizens with ages between 18 and 25 years.

Free access is offered to visitors on the first Sunday of each month.

Villa Giulia
Address: Piazzale di Villa Giulia 9, 00196 Roma RM, Italy | See on map
Public transport: Tram lines 2 and 19 stop close to Villa Giulia.
Tel. +39 06 322 6571


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Villas and palazzi in Rome: Villa Farnesina

Villa Farnesina

Villa Farnesina is a beautiful edifice decorated by some of the most renowned Renaissance artists, including Peruzzi and Rafael. Built for the banker of the Pope, Agostino Chigi, it was once the location of legendary parties. It is said that after each course the guests ate, they threw the plates in the Tiber.

In one of the rooms on the ground floor, the ceiling is painted by Peruzzi with Chigi’s horoscope. Here, you will also find scenes from the Metamorphoses of Ovidius by Sebast del Piombo.

Inside Villa Farnesina there are also wall drawings done by Carol V’s soldiers in 1527. Today, they are considered historical vandalism, so they are protected behind glass.


Tickets, opening times, and other useful information


Opening times

Villa Farnesina is open from Wednesday to Monday between 10.00 and 19.00. Closed on Tuesdays.


Tickets

A full general admission ticket costs €15.00 and it comes with an audioguide.

Reduced tickets cost €12.00, come with audioguides, and are offered to senior citizens over 65 years. Reduced tickets at €10.00 that also come with audioguides are offered to children between the ages of 10 and 18 years.

Free access without audioguide is provided to children under 10 years and visitors with disabilities.

Villa Farnesina
Address: Via della Lungara, 230, 00165 Roma RM, Italy | See on map
Public transport: Buses 23 and 280 stop right next to Villa Farnesina.
Tel. +39 06 6802 7268