Palazzo Maffei Marescotti

Palazzo Maffei Marescotti, Rome: Address, Palazzo Maffei Marescotti Reviews: 4.5/5

Palazzo Maffei Marescotti
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Neighborhood: Navona / Pantheon / Campo de’ Fiori
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Majestic. If the portal is open, sneak inside. The courtyard is very nice.
May 2021 • Friends
It is located a few steps away from Piazza Argentina.
The majestic Palazzo Maffei in via della Pigna was built around 1580 by Giacomo Della Porta on commission from Cardinal Marcantonio Maffei.
It was sold and bought numerous times, often changing owners and functions.
In 1746 the property passed to Count Orazio and Monsignor Alessandro Marescotti.
The Marescottis kept the property for more than a century, carrying out expansion works that were entrusted to architect Ferdinando Fuga.
Passing from hand to hand, in 1865 the building passed to the Banca Romana.
In 1906 the palace was purchased by the Holy See, which established the offices of the Vicariate of Rome here until 1964, which were then transferred to the palace of S. Callisto in Trastevere and then definitively to the Lateran palace: for this reason Palazzo Maffei is still referred to as " Old Vicariate ".
The portal is adorned on the lintel with a dog's head with a festoon. Characteristic are the tympanums of the windows on the three floors, triangular and curved on the noble floor, with deer heads on the second, recalling the symbol of the Maffei, which also recurs in the cornice of the building, interspersed with floral motifs.
The sixteenth-century courtyard is very interesting. On the opposite side of the entrance is a fountain, inserted in an aedicule with two pilasters on each side, constituted in the center by a white marble statue, representing the goddess Minerva.
On the first floor there is a loggia now closed, while on the second floor there are windows decorated with deer heads.
In via delle Ceste there is the other entrance whivh has also a beautiful portal.
If you are around Largo di Torre Argentina, we suggest you take a short tour starting from Via delle Ceste and continuing all around, turning right up to Via della Pigna.
If the portal is open, sneak inside.
The courtyard is very nice.
Written May 24, 2021
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