The Palazzo Venezia, seat of the Museo Nazionale di Palazzo Venezia, is located in the Piazza Venezia in Rome. Highlights, apart from the collection of the museum, are the ceiling frescoes in several rooms and the beautiful courtyard.
Palazzo Venezia Rome
Address, opening hours and admission price museum
Address: The entrance is at the Via del Plebiscito, 118. Phone: +39 06 69994319. Opening times: From Friday to Sunday from 9.30 am to 7.30 pm (Last admission at 6.30 pm). Entrance fee: 10 Euros; EU citizens from 18 to 25 years of age: 2 Euros; EU citizens younger than 18: Free. Roma Pass: Valid.
History and description
The Palazzo Venezia was constructed in 1451 by the Venetian Pietro Barbo (later Pope Paul II), at the time the titular Cardinal of the nearby Basilica of Saint Mark.
When Lorenzo Cibo, the nephew of Pope Innocent VIII, acquired the property, he had it enlarged along what is now the Via del Plebiscito.
The building is designed in a style reminiscent of Tuscan architecture. Its main aspects are the Loggia of the Benedictions and the “Corridor of the Cardinals”, a walkway overlooking the Via degli Astalli.
The palazzo underwent big changes in 1911, when the Monument for Vittorio Emanuele II was constructed. Part of the building was moved, one stone at the time, to the other side.
In 1916 Palazzo Venezia became property of the Italian State and was turned into a museum. Before that time it had served as an Embassy, first of the Republic of Venice and then of Austria.
The Balbo Apartment is located on the piano nobile of the palace. It was built in 1455 by Cardinal Pietro Balbo, who chose it as his private residence after being elected Pope Paul II in 1464. The Pope’s private office was connected to the Loggia delle Benedizioni. The Room of the Vestments, where the ceremonial garments were kept, is also known as the Room of the Labors of Hercules because of the 15th century frescoes that adorn it. The Room of the Parrots owes its name to the birds that were held there.
In 1929, Mussolini chose the palace as his headquarters and made the Room of the Parrots into the seat of the Grand Council of Fascism. The famous news reels of the dictator addressing the crowds took place from a balcony of the Palazzo Venezia.
The talking statue of Madama Lucrezia can be seen outside the building.