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Palazzo Doria Pamphili

Palazzo Doria Pamphili (48)

This massive building has been the residence of the noble Roman Doria Pamphili family since the Renaissance. The palace was built in 1435 and originally belonged to Cardinal Santorio, who was persuaded by Pope Julius II to hand it over to his nephew, Duke Urbino. Later it was owned by the Rovere and the Aldobrandini families. 

The Pamphili family moved in during the first decade of the 1700s, bringing with them a large art collection. In fact, the descendants still live in one part of the building. 

The palace occupies a whole block of the Via del Corso and has suffered many changes throughout its history. Firstly, the Aldobrandini family added a new courtyard and the side wings. The Pamphili family took it on themselves to complete one of the façades and to build a chapel and a theatre. Later on, Gabriele Valvassori would create the new façade along the Via Corso.  

The Palazzo Doria Pamphili has works by artists of the standing of Raphael, Velázquez, Titian and Rubens. However, the works are not labelled so we recommend you buy a museum catalogue so you know what you are looking at. 

The main attraction of the palace is the corner room, where there is a portrait of Innocence X by Velázquez. Right beside it is the bust of the same pontiff that Bernini produced.  

You can also see three works by Caravaggio and the bust of Donna Olimpia, who it is said was a woman of exceptional beauty. 

In the mornings there is a guided visit to the private part of the house. The rooms are well worth visiting, where period furniture and fantastic tapestries are on show. 

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