Wednesday, December 16, 2015


Built in the sixteenth century. The exact date and the name of the architect are unknown
Renovated 1854/69 by Andrea Busiri Vici (1818/1911) for Cardinal Giacomo Antonelli, who never actually lived here, preferring his other palace on Via di Monserrato now known as Palazzo Capponi Antonelli
It was used to store the valuable and rare collection of sixteenth century precious stones owned by the family
It was also renovated in 1875 for the opening of Via Nazionale when the garden ended up being wiped out
Now there are offices of the Bank of Italy, which owns the property
At the end of the atrium there is a section of the Servian Wall dating back to 378 BC with an arch of tufa blocks forming part of a room for ballistic catapults

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