Palazzetto Cencelli Rome

The Palazzetto Cencelli (or Villino Cencelli) in Rome is located on the corner of the Lungotevere Michelangelo and the Via degli Scipioni. The building is owned by the BNL bank. The outside of the building, which overlooks the Tiber and the Ponte Pietro Nenni, is characterized by a bronze monument for Amedeo Cendelli.

Palazzetto Cencelli Rome

History and description

Palazzetto Cencelli Rome (Lungotevere side)
Facade on the Lungotevere Michelangelo side

The Palazzetto Cencelli was constructed n 1904, after a design by Edgardo Negri. The building was commissioned by Duke Alberto Cencelli. Before this, and other buildings in the immediate neighborhood, were constructed, the area was mostly characterized by fields.

The building consists of three floors, and has a tower with crenelles. There are some ornaments art nouveau ornaments.

What to see

Amedeo Cencelli monument

Amedeo Cencelli Monument, Rome
Amedeo Cencelli Monument

The bronze monument for Amedeo Cencelli, who died in World War I, was made by Giovanni Prini (1877-1958), a sculptor from Genova. The monument depicts a winged warrior with a shield and sword. Bronze medallions on either side show Cencelli himself and the emblem of the marine.

Giovanni Prini‘s most famous work is probably “The Artist and the Artistic Battles” in the pronaos of the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna. At some point he was famous enough for queen Elena of Montenegro to have asked him for sculpture lessons.

The big coat of arms above the monument belongs to the Cencelli family.


The main work of art preserved in the building is a sketch for the painting “I Vespri Sciliani” (1846), by Francisco Hayez. The painting itself can be seen in the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna.

There are also several paintings by the local artist Silvio Galimberti (1969-1956).

Useful information

Address: Via degli Scipioni, 297 – Rome. The building is the seat of the Fondo Pensioni BNL and is not normally open to the public.

Palazzetto Cencelli, Rome

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