Palazzo Colonna in Rome , is one of the largest and oldest palaces in the city, built in the fourteenth century at the behest of the Colonna family who have lived there permanently for eight centuries.
The same family takes its name from the town of Colonna near the capital.
The construction of the various wings of Galleria Colonna lasted for five centuries and this involved the superimposition of different architectural styles, external and internal, which characterize it and reflect its different periods of belonging.
During the 1600s, Palazzo Colonna assumes the guise of a large Baroque palace at the behest of three generations of the family, whose main exponents are Philip I, Cardinal Girolamo I and Lorenzo Onofrio, who rely on architects and artists of great competence and notoriety. In fact, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Antonio del Grande, Carlo Fontana, Paolo Schor and many others lend their consultancy.
The construction of the splendid and majestic Galleria Colonna , which overlooks Via IV novembre for 76 meters, also dates back to this period; authentic jewel of the Roman Baroque, it is now open to the public, with the most representative apartments and the most artistic value of the Palace, which house the family Artistic Collections , notified and bound by the fidecommisso of 1800, where you can admire masterpieces of absolute excellence. work of major Italian and foreign artists between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
Among the many, Pinturicchio, Cosmè Tura, Bronzino, Carracci, Veronese, Guido Reni, Salvator Rosa, Guercino, Vanvitelli and many others.