The palace is located in the heart of the Castelli Romani just a few kilometers from Rome and belonged to the same family as the Roman palace of the same name, now the seat of the Italian government.
It is a grandiose Baroque residence, as imposing as a palace, designed by Bernini for the family of Pope Alexander VII Chigi, which preserves its furnishings and original environmental and architectural context.
It overlooks Piazza di Corte in the historic center of Ariccia, a unique example of baroque town planning applied to a peripheral center, and is surrounded by a vast park, with lush Mediterranean vegetation, celebrated by writers and poets such as Goethe, Stendhal, D'Annunzio, artists like Hackert, Corot, Turner and many others.
Visiting it means finding yourself suddenly catapulted into the past, in the Grand siècle by Bernini, Galileo and the Sun King: a kind of '600 star-gate, in which history has no abstract, distant and metaphysical dimension, as in books, but it is a concrete experience.
It is not a museum in the traditional sense, that is, a container of works of art without a home, merged into museums due to the loss of the original places, tampered with, destroyed or transformed into use, but a large historic residence with all its furnishings and its functions remained unaltered. A treasure chest of the unique past of its kind.
It preserves precious Bernini furnishings, very rare 17th century decorated leather parades, masterpieces by Bernini, Salvator Rosa, Pier Francesco Mola, Baciccio, Cavalier d´Arpino, Mattia Preti and many others. It is also home to the Museo del Barocco Romano, with paintings between '600 and' 700, received through prestigious donations.
Piazza di Corte, 15
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