Palazzo Colonna - Galleria Colonna

Palazzo Colonna - Galleria Colonna

Palazzo Colonna - Galleria Colonna
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9:30 AM - 1:15 PM
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Right in the center of Rome, close to Piazza Venezia, Palazzo Colonna is one of the greatest Barocco Palaces of the eternal city. The impressive Colonna's Collections of paintings, sculptures and furniture from the 14th to the 18th century are unique and part of the roman history. The Colonna Gallery is open to the public every Saturday morning from 9 am to 1,15 pm (last entrance) from Via della Pilotta 17. All other days, including Saturday afternoon, private visits by appointment. Free guided tour (every Saturday): - in Italian at 10.00 And 11.00 Am - in French at 10.30 Am - in English at 12 am Private visits on request are available every day of the year. We also recommend a visit to the stunning Princess Isabelle Apartment with its incredible Van Wittel and Flemish Collections and the Pinturicchio frescoes.
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Neighborhood: Trevi
A non-stop photo and souvenir opportunity, Trevi is all about action. From early morning through the wee hours, the piazza surrounding Trevi Fountain hosts a never-ending flow of tourists hoping to make a wish or take a selfie. Clever restaurants, charming gelaterias, uncanny bars, kitsch shops, and a range of hotels make up the local landscape. Beneath the bustle are the remains of an ancient neighborhood that you can visit by heading over to a repertoire cinema and asking for a peek underground. There is something for everyone, but if peace and quiet are what you seek, plan to visit in the early morning hours.
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  • Barberini - Fontana di Trevi • 10 min walk
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  • OnAir772487
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful Morning at the Palazzo Colonna
    Let me start out by saying the experience was amazing. Every room takes your breath away. The main gallery was so beautiful. You can also visit the garden that has an incredible view of Rome! What I really liked is that every room has a guide that is ready to answer all of your questions and gives information. In particular, when we visited Princess Isabelle's apartment, the guide was Erika who was very kind, professional and explained the Vanvitelli works which were my favorite! Then we had Beatrice who guided us through the fountain room. At the end, we went to the bar. It was a perfect morning and different than the usual tours you take. I highly recommend going.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Chris S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go now . See massimo!
    So beautiful, we had massimo as our tour guide. He was nothing else but exceptional. He was extremely knowledgeable and had such passion for the gallery. Extremely friendly relatable . Felt like I was on a private tour 100/10 as a guide
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Angel R
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Palazzo Colonna tour
    Since Palazzo Colonna only offers tours in English on Friday mornings and we weren't landing in Rome until Friday afternoon, we booked a private tour directly through the gallery for Saturday afternoon. Our guide Sara was fantastic! Some of these tours are rather tedious, with lots of info like, "This painting was done by x artist in x year," which bores even me and I have a Master's in Art History. But Sara told us interesting stories and the two hours we were with her flew by. Highly, highly recommend!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 7, 2023
  • Coastal64249168550
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You feel like a guest not a visitor!
    The art is stunning, the staff line up to smile and welcome you to 'their palace' with obvious pride. We were taken on informative tour by very engaged guide; given umbrellas for shade when walking in garden;hand sanitizer which was a special recipe made on site from lemon trees;no air con but every window open for breeze and invited to take a seat at every stage of tour on original furniture! Just a spectacular experience that I will treasure for years to come. Highly recommend everyone to visit this delightful place with superb staff who try to make everything a pleasant experience for their guests.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 15, 2023
  • Gary
    3 contributions
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    Just a wonderful place
    This is a somewhat hidden gem in Rome. Beautiful art throughout, a great story, and lovely grounds. This was my second visit, and it remains one of my favorite places to visit in Rome. This time, however, I want to mention our tour guide - Rebecca. She was just exceptional. She far, far, far exceeded our expectations. We were there with our six year old, and Rebecca bent over backwards to make sure she had a interesting and entertaining experience - which she did. The entire staff at Galleria Colonna could not have been kinder and more accommodating to us, but Rebecca was just the best. Thank you for being so helpful and gracious. Of course we enjoyed the Galleria - it is a beautiful place to visit. I recommend it to anyone visiting Rome. Even our six year old kept talking about it afterward, going through the souvenir book we had many times.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 22, 2023
  • MarissaCooper1990
    Rome, Italy2 contributions
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    Absolutely beautiful
    I've visited Palazzo Colonna on Friday and I must say that it was absolutely one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen! If you go to Rome you can't miss it. The guided visit made the experience even more interesting, the attention towards the customer is incredibly high. It was very hot so the guide gave us umbrellas and fresh water and I think that's a big plus that helps you enjoy your visit better. The palace is in Barocco style and every part of it is an unexpected and beautiful surprise. Another plus was our guide, Erika : she explained everything to us with passion and detail, making this experience a real dream! Congrats!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
  • MarkLeeps
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom97 contributions
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    Absolute gem
    We loved our tour of Colonna Palace and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to others. The Gallery is such a treat to walk through - it is little wonder it was selected for Roman Holiday. Massimo was a delightful guide - charismatic and genuinely passionate about the history of the Colonna family, their impressive art collection, and ornate apartments. A guide is much more engaging experience than an audio guide, and the little touches such as parasols made the visit stand apart.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 28, 2023
  • Martin S
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Next time you have a free Friday morning ...
    Rebecca Harden gave a wonderful two hour guided tour to a small group of us this morning. Having lived in Italy for 14 years I can say that Palazzo Colonna has to be one of the biggest jewels I have had the privilege to visit. Breathtaking. Loved every minute of it. Got a bit of exercise too, climbing up the steps in the garden. A memorable morning very well spent, and for those who paid €30 for a ticket, I'd say worth every penny. Consigliato proprio. Hurrah for Don Prospero.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 29, 2023
  • jiahomin
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Experience Palazzo Colonna with Sara!!!
    Lovely morning visiting Galleria Colonna with my family : 10/10 visit.A noble palazzo with its wonderful gardens, paintings, statues and furniture pieces. Our guide Sara M made the visit enjoyable and fun. Sara explained to us how the family Colonna (Prosparo) keeps and treasures the wealth of Art and History they inherited.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 2, 2023
  • Marta B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful experience!
    Wonderful experience at Palazzo Colonna. You can't miss this amazing place that it’s just in the city center of Rome! The visit on Friday is highly recommended.. our guide Erika passionately told us the history of the Palace and the works inside of it, making us passionate too! Priceless experience
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 8, 2023
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AMTP
Raleigh, NC113 contributions
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May 2022 • Friends
What a delight! We arranged to visit the gardens, gallery and apartments. It was a wonderful experience all around. The aroma from the lemon trees followed you around. Kathleen, an English guide, came up to us to see if she could assist and was a wealth of knowledge. I recommend making sure that you pay to visit the private apartments as well as they are well worth it. After many visits to Rome, I am amazed that this had escaped my attention before.
Written May 7, 2022
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Romina C
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Feb 2020 • Family
I had the honor and pleasure of being invited to visit Palazzo Colonna, Isabella's apartments and the garden where Vittoria Colonna (noblewoman and poet) and Michelangelo strolled. I felt like was living through the historical times of a radiant and sumptuous Rome. An experience not to be missed and art masterpieces to be admired in detail. I highly recommend you to visit it and several times if you want to enjoy every nuance. If you’re lucky enough (like us) you can meet Prince Prospero Colonna walking around the galleria.
Written February 18, 2020
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KXLingle
Sioux Falls, SD97 contributions
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Feb 2023
Everyone I encountered on my visit on a Friday morning was so lovely and pleasant - I cannot stress this point enough as it really was such a great feeling in a place like Rome where there is so much in the way of tours and guides, many of which seem to just be going through the motions with a dead look in their eyes. Our group was about 9 people and I think there may have been one other group of this size there at the same time. There was nothing crowded or unpleasant about the experience.

The Palazzo is located just steps from Piazza Venezia and is very easy to access. It is only open to the public on Friday and Saturday mornings, but is absolutely worth prebooking and planning ahead to visit.

The gentleman who was our English tour expert was so friendly and knowledgable - I got the real sense that he personally loved the Palazzo and sharing his knowledge with us visitors. There was so much background information provided and it all fit together so nicely to make a coherent narrative.

The Palazzo itself is just something else and entirely hard to describe. I've been to a lot of places in Rome, but walking into the main gallery (in which the end scene from Roman Holiday was filmed), I actually said outloud "Holy Crap!" I expected grader to be sure, but it's pretty rare that I'm this stunned. The artworks are great, but there are not as many from the big common art history names as someone with minimal exposure to art history may want to experience (such as at Palazzo Doria Pamphilj), but the experience as a whole overcomes this point.

Having been in multiple other Palazzi in Rome as well as museums in the city, I think it's imperative to point out how spotless this place seemed to be. What I mean is that nothing seemed dull or dusty, neglected or damaged. This is truly a feat when one considers how monument the Palazzo is. Compared to the Palazzo Doria Pamphilj which seems rather shabby, this is an entirely different experience.
Written February 19, 2023
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Angel R
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Since Palazzo Colonna only offers tours in English on Friday mornings and we weren't landing in Rome until Friday afternoon, we booked a private tour directly through the gallery for Saturday afternoon. Our guide Sara was fantastic! Some of these tours are rather tedious, with lots of info like, "This painting was done by x artist in x year," which bores even me and I have a Master's in Art History. But Sara told us interesting stories and the two hours we were with her flew by. Highly, highly recommend!
Written September 7, 2023
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Mari A
Paris, France3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Palazzo Colonna remains one of Rome's best-kept secrets. The wealth of the collections, coupled with an exquisite palace and royal treatment of visitors makes for a unique visit. Every single museum guard we spoke with was knowledgeable about the collections, providing us with mini guided tours along the way. And what's unique is that the Colonna family still owns and manages the palace, which gives the place a living feel and human touch. Visiting Palazzo Colonna is an experience almost out of this world.
Written June 4, 2021
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Willemijnw
Utrecht, The Netherlands107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We spent an amazing day at Palazzo Colonna. Our guide Rebecca was friendly, witty and very knowledgable. We would recommend anyone visiting Rome to spend a few hours at Palazzo Colonna: the interior is stunning, the art is breath-taking and the history of the family is fascinating. It is a quiet place, if you're fed up with busy Rome.
Written October 21, 2023
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Sue W
Maroochydore, Australia26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
We visited Palazzo Colonna with our 15 year old daughter and our Italian friends, and just when we thought our experience of Rome couldn’t get any better, it did! This palace, open only on Saturdays to those lucky enough to know about it is full of masterpieces, tapestries, sculptures and even a cannonball fired by the French army in 1849 still lodged in the steps of the Great Hall. It has been a private residence of the Colonna family since the end of the 12th century and as such, feels more authentic than a museum. The private apartments of princess Isabella are well worth including in your ticket. The staff were friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming- we stayed for ages. And ladies- make a point of visiting the powder room, a small gallery in itself complete with gold embossed paper hand towels!
Written July 6, 2020
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jvlseattle
Foligno, Italy85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We decided ro check this out after seeing a web site about this palazzo. It is truly a hidden gem in Rome. Each room had some works by incredible artists. The garden is expansive and is literally a breath of fresh air in the city. What a treasure.
Written August 26, 2020
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Lucchesa
Seattle, WA163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
This overwhelming collection of Renaissance and baroque art is still a private residence so it’s only open twice a week. I purchased the basic 15 euro ticket because I really wanted to see one painting, Annibale Carracci’s Bean Eater. Which if you’re an art historian is totally worth $15. But there’s a lot of other stuff to see.

None of the other paintings are masterpieces, but many of them are interesting, including the overwrought ceiling frescoes. There are some very nice tapestries in excellent condition — the most interesting was of Artemisia consulting with the architects of the Mausoleum. There’s an insane ebony and ivory cabinet that many elephants perished for. Don’t forget to notice the offensive furniture featuring conquered people holding up tabletops. And there’s a magnificent garden with a fabulous view if you climb to the top.

The staff is extremely professional and welcoming — you feel like a guest in a luxury hotel. There’s a cute cafe in the garden courtyard (which is not THE garden) but I didn’t need sustenance. And they have the world’s nicest hand sanitizer as you go in and out, which they sell in the gift shop. It smells like orange blossoms. So I got roped into buying an 8 euro hand sanitizer, something I forgot to bring with me. It smells delicious!
Written October 29, 2023
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Bxltravel
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
Exceptional! Where to start? So many great artworks by the biggest artists in a stunning Palazzo. Even though it is obviously the first reason to visit this place, as you will probably read all about it elsewhere, I will share here other aspects. What touched me particularly during this visit is the special quality of the welcome you get at the Palazzo Colonna. Things are done differently here, and you feel that you are in a private home (e. g. instead of ordering you to wear a FFP2 mask, you get offered one). The staff in the rooms is composed of art historians who are really happy to share their knowledge and love for the palace with you. I was so enthralled by the beauty of the palace that I decided to add the Isabelle rooms to the visit…glad I did it because I discovered a more personal side of the palace…and it is less crowded. I loved that you are actually welcome to sit on the period furniture to quietly take in the artworks and magnificence of the rooms. With the lovely bouquets from the garden it feels like you are a guest. Thank you Don Prospero for the fantastic way you open your stunning home to the public !
Written April 17, 2022
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