Here is a short list of my five favorite Palaces in Rome, cinque più bei palazzi di Roma, those I think one should not miss out on when visiting Rome. Now don’t get me wrong, I understand that all of them can’t be visited on one trip, but if you are planning to see at least one then here are the top 5 I think you should chose from.

Palazzo Doria Pamphilj

A splendid and grand palace at Via del Corso: one of the main streets in Rome. There might not be much what meets the eyes at first, but don’t be put, inside hides an impressive setting with a lavishing decoration scheme: an entire room dedicated for papal audience, their very own private chapel, ballrooms, and a rich art collection. The palace is just around the corner from Piazza Venezia and very much worth a visit!

palazzo doria pamphilj
The gallery at Palazzo Doria Pamphilj.

Villa Farnesina

One of my absolute favorites in Rome! It was built by the Tuscan banker, Agostino Chigi, as a villa for festivities and parties, a so-called villa suburban, that later became property of the well-known Farnese family. The walls are decorated with the most beautiful and playful topics, and the different themes and subjects seem to interact with the viewer, but also with each other. Here one can find famous wall frescoes by Raphael and even some 16th century graffiti! This villa is a must for everyone who would like to visit a renaissance villa built solely for entertainments with walls painted for admiration.

Palazzo Colonna

This is one of the oldest and largest Palace in Rome. The first parts are from the 13th century, but the Palace has been changed and rebuilt throughout time, mainly during the 16th, 17th and 18th century. The Colonna family still lives in the here, but on Saturdays’ morning the Palace is open to the general public: a chance to admire the completely outstanding rooms, sculptures and painting.

Borghese Gallery Tour LivItaly
Borghese Gallery

Borghese Gallery

Wow! There is no other word to describe this villa: outstanding art, the most luxurious environment, and impressive decorations. If you have to choose one of these five then pick this one. Villa Borghese was built by in beginning of the 17th century by Cardinal Borghese as a villa suburban, a party villa in the outskirt of Rome, which also housed his private art collection. With these intentions you can only imagine how magnificent this villa is. Ticket reservations must be done before, or why not book a tour of Villa Borghese with us at LivItaly Tours.


Palazzo Farnese

One of the most beautiful and hidden gems of Rom is the Palazzo Farnese. These halls will blow you away in their height and delicate decorations. The palace just renovated the stunning room decorated by Annibale Caracci and visitors can once again pay the room a visit and appreciate the frescoes.

Annibale Carracci at Villa Farnese
Fresco ceiling by Annibale Carracci.

This magnificent Palazzo Farnese was given to the French government in 1936 and today you need to make a reservation through the embassy in order to be able to make a visit.

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