Of all the beautiful buildings on the Via Giulia in Rome, the Palazzo Sacchetti is perhaps the most impressive one. The most famous room in this palace built by Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane for himself is the Sala dei Mappamondi.
Palazzo Sacchetti Rome
Address: Via Giulia, 66. Unfortunately, the palace is not open to tourists.
History and description
The Palazzo Sacchetti was designed and built by the famous architect Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane. The inscription to the left of the balcony indicates that he himself used to live there: Domus Antonii Sangalli Architecti – MDXLIII.
After the death of the architect it was sold to the Ricci family from Montepulciano. They had the building restored and enlarged by Nanni di Baccio Bigio.
In 1648 Marquis Sacchetti bought the palace.
Palazzo Sacchetti is one of the taller buildings in the street. Its facade is characterized by large stone blocks and a balcony above a tall marble portal. The windows are screened by large iron gates.
The facade facing Via del Cefalo is similar. The small fountain with cupids and dolphins on the corner dates back to the 15th century.
From the courtyard there is a staircase to the apartments on the upper floors.
What to see
The Salone dei Mappamondi is the most famous room in the palace. The room is named after two large 17th century globes, made by the cosmographer Vincenzo Coronelli. One of them depicts the earth, the other the starry sky.
Francesco Salviati painted the “Events in the Life of David” (1554) in the Reception Hall (Sala dell’Udienza).
The hall is graced by the “Holy Family with Adam and Eve” by Pietro da Cortona.
The courtyard has a portico, with a 15th century “Madonna and Child” formella.
The garden covers an area of almost 700 square meters and is decorated with fountains, statues and a nymphaeum.