After the international success of Paolo Sorrentino’s movie, “The Great Beauty”, many people want to come in Rome and discover if the amazing locations shown in the movie are real. The answer is: yes, you can visit the Eternal City and enjoy a really unique travel experience with the help of high-skilled Rome connoisseurs.
Follow the tips of Go2Rome staff to plan your personal itinerary and choice which places are a must see for you, this is the ideal period for a vacation in Rome full of activities!
Palazzo dei Penitenzieri
This palace is the seat of the Hotel Columbus and the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, is open to the public exclusively for self guided groups of 20 people. Advance booking is required, but this venue is worth visiting; Palazzo dei Penitenzieri was built between 1480 and 1490 after the model of Palazzo Venezia, a sample of Renaissance style in Rome. The rooms located on the piano nobile are frescoed by Pinturicchio, who also painted the Soffitto dei Semidei (demigod ceiling), an artwork with mythological and allegorical figures.
This is a really prestigious palace, located on Via Giulia, one of the most charming streets of Rome. Palazzo Sacchetti was designed by Antonio da Sangallo il Giovane, who lived here, then in 1648 was sold to Marquise Sacchetti, who are still the owners of the palace.
To book a visit you have to call the phone number 06 68308950 from Monday to Friday (9:00 am – 3:00 pm), furthermore only group visits are allowed.
Palazzo Spada is famous for its gallery designed by Francesco Borromini, a great example of forces perspective: in other words the corridor is much shorter and the sculpture is much smaller than they appear. The palace boasts the richest facade dated back to XVI century, featuring Mannerist stucco sculptural decor, for example the sculptures crowded into niches and the figures in bas-relief among the small framed windows of a mezzanine.
The Spada Gallery, inside the palace, hosts a collection of paintings, antique furniture and rare pieces like the two maps of the world and heavens by the Dutchman W. Blaeu. The Gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday (9:30 am – 7:30 pm) and is an important evidence of the collector’s taste between XVII and XVII centuries.
Another palace in the historic center, located near to Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, is the seat of the Legal Archives Amedeo Modigliani, before now conserved in the Museum of Montparnasse in Paris, and is open only upon request, calling 06 6833785. Taverna Palace rises on Monte Giordano, an artificial hill; here you’ll recognize the amazing fountain used by Sorrentino in his movie, this fountain (dated back to XVII century) is in the courtyard of the palace.
Palazzo Brancaccio is a princely building designed in 1892, a triumph of richness, Renaissance style and splendor. To visit the noble apartments you can call 06 4873177 and book a guided tour at least 30 days in advance. On the opposite side of the building there are the Brancaccio Theater and the National Museum of Oriental Art Giuseppe Tucci. This is also a venue for wedding parties, exclusive banquets and special celebrations.
These jewels of Rome are only a part of “The Great Beauty”, an endless show including history, tradition and style.