Palazzo Madama


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Home to the Italian Senate since 1871, this palazzo was built by the Medici family in the 16th century as their Rome residence. Its rather twee façade, with a frieze of cherubs and bunches of fruit, was added a hundred years later. The 'Madama' of its name refers to Margaret of Parma (1522-86), the illegitimate daughter of Emperor Charles V, who lived here in the 1560s before moving to the Netherlands, where she instigated some of the bloodiest excesses of the religious wars.

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Palazzo Madama details

Corso Rinascimento

Area Rome

Transport Bus 30Exp, 70, 81, 87, 116, 204, 280, 492, 628 .

Telephone 06 67 061

Palazzo Madama website

Open Guided tours only (in Italian) 10am-6pm 1st Sat of mth.

Admission free.

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