Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Original building in the fifteenth century. It belonged to the Boccabella family
Completely renovated in late 1600s by Carlo Fontana (1634/1714)
Also known as PALAZZO MASSIMO DI RIGNANO COLONNA after the wedding at the end of 1800s of the heiress Maria Massimo with Prospero Colonna mayor of Rome
The Massimo family split into two branches in the sixteenth century: the Massimo Delle Colonne from the name of the building now on Corso Vittorio Emanuele II in which they still live and the Dukes of Rignano also known as Massimo di Aracoeli whose male line ended
In 1939 one corner of the building was cut off for the opening of Via del Mare
Portal with plant motifs and embattled observatory tower of Duke Mario Massimo built in the early 1900s
In the courtyard FOUNTAIN OF THE MERMAN as well by Carlo Fontana
On the top floor the famous actress Sophia Loren lived for a while

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