A Guide to Palazzo Venezia, Rome | Jo Linsdell

A Guide to Palazzo Venezia, Rome

A Guide to Palazzo Venezia, Rome


A Guide to Palazzo Venezia, Rome

This month we went to visit Palazzo Venezia. It's one of those museums that I've walked past so many times but for some reason never thought to go in. In fact, from the outside it really doesn't look like anything special. Well, looks can be deceiving! Inside it's amazing!

For centuries the residence of popes, cardinals and ambassadors, Palazzo Venezia is an ancient and majestic fifteenth-century palatial home in the heart of Rome. Its gardens, historic reception rooms, not to mention the museum inside, all take the visitor back in time to revisit the splendour of the Renaissance and Italy’s world-famous tradition in the field of fine and applied arts.

Following the founder and first inhabitant, Cardinal Pietro Barbo, who later became Pope Paul II (1464-1471), many popes spent long periods of time there, especially during the hot summer months, including Pope Paul III Farnese (1534-1549).

As well as being a private residence, politics and diplomacy have traditionally played a decisive role within the palace.

During the fascist period, Mussolini used the palace as his seat of government and private residence. From the balcony of the palace he addressed the crowd on many occasions, for example after the Ethiopian conquest and on Italy's entry into the Second World War.

It was at the Palazzo Venezia, in the Stanza del Pappagallo (Hall of the Parrot) where the fascist regime came to an end: a palace coup setting forth Count Grandi's Order of the Day demanding Mussolini's powers be taken away by the king. The vote by the Grand Council of Fascism left Mussolini in the minority, which enabled the king to dismiss and arrest him.

Palazzo Venezia, Rome


Opening hours 

Giardino Grande Every day, from 9.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. (last admission at 6.45 p.m.) 

National Museum of Palazzo di Venezia Every day, from 9.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. (last admission at 6.45 p.m.) 


Giardino Grande in Palazzo Venezia Free admission. 

National Museum of Palazzo di Venezia 
Full price €16
Concessions €3 
Free for Under 18s and people with disabilities.

A Guide to Palazzo Venezia, Rome

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