Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne, Rome

Last weekend I was in Rome as a tourist for a quick and enjoyable holiday.
When I was walking from Campo de’ Fiori (where I just had a great sandwich) to Pantheon, I suddenly found it on my left and I immediately was reminded of its peculiarities that no one knows.

Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne

The Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne is a Renaissance palace designed by Baldassarre Peruzzi in 1532-1536 on a site of three contiguous palaces owned by the old Roman Massimo family and built after arson destroyed the earlier structures during the Sack of Rome (1527).
The entrance is characterized by a central portico with six Doric columns, paired and single. Inside there are two courtyards, of which the first one has a portico with Doric columns as a basement for a rich loggia, which is also made of Doric columns. The recessed entrance portico differs from typical palazzo models such as exemplified by the Florentine Palazzo Medici.

Few people know the building is developed in only 2 / 3 of the façade, the designer included a small portion of the adjacent building on the left to create symmetry on entry as well as all of us now see.

Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne, Plan

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  1. November 2nd, 2010

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