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5 Palaces to explore in Lazio

Lazio

Lazio is one of the 20 administrative regions of Italy. Situated in the central peninsular section of the country, it has 5,864,321 inhabitants – making it the second most populated region of Italy – and its GDP of more than €197 billion per year means that it has the nation's second-largest regional economy. The capital of Lazio is Rome, which is also the capital and largest city of Italy.

Apostolic Palace
Apostolic Palace00120, Vatican City

A majestic 135-acre building complex in a garden setting in the city of Castel Gandolfo, Italy. It consists of a 17th-century villa, an observatory, and a farmhouse with 75 acres of farmland. It has been a museum since October 2016. It served for centuries as a summer residence and vacation retreat for the pope, the leader of the Catholic Church, and is afforded extraterritorial status as one of the properties of the Holy See. It overlooks Lake Albano.

Palazzo Barberini
Palazzo BarberiniVia delle Quattro Fontane, 13, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

Palazzo Barberini is one of the most overlooked art museums in Rome. The 17th-century palace is incredibly centrally located – just around the corner from the quattro fontane and a few streets over from the Trevi Fountain. The sloping site had formerly been occupied by a garden-vineyard of the Sforza family, in which a palazzetto had been built in 1549. The sloping site passed from one cardinal to another during the sixteenth century, with no project fully getting off the ground.

Palazzo Colonna
Palazzo ColonnaVia della Pilotta, 17, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

The Palazzo Colonna is a block of palatial buildings in the center of the city of Rome, located at the base of the Quirinal Hill, and adjacent to the Basilica of the Holy Apostles. This majestic Palace was built on the ruins of an ancient Roman Serapeum and it has belonged to the prominent Colonna family for over twenty generations. One of the beautiful buildings which was a favourite spot for tourists.

Palazzo Farnese
Palazzo FarnesePiazza Farnese, 67, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

A majestic roman palace that serves as an important example of High Renaissance architecture. It was designed by Antonio da Sangallo the Younger and built between 1517 and 1589. The 56 m façade, occupying the longer side of a spacious piazza, is three storeys tall and thirteen bays wide. It is built of brick with strong stone quoins and has a heavily rusticated portal.

Quirinal Palace
Quirinal PalacePiazza del Quirinale, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

The Quirinale is one of the primary places in the life of the Italian Republic. It is one of the great examples of heritage of art, history and culture of inestimable value and of testaments to the hard work, creativity and genius of the Italian people. The palace is on the Quirinal Hill, the tallest of the seven hills of Rome. It housed thirty popes, four kings and eleven presidents of the Italian Republic. The palace extends for an area of 110,500 square metres and is the eleventh-largest pal

Map of Palaces to explore in Lazio