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Exclusive Private Colonna Palace Tour

  • Group Size:
    Group Size: Private
  • Language:
    Language: English
  • Duration:
    Duration: 2 hrs
  • Start:
    Start: Multiple times
  • Price:
    Price: From 949 €
  • Cancelation:
    Including: Hotel Pick Up

Tour Overview

Book our top-rated Colosseum Underground Tour with exclusive priority access. We take you past the lines to enter Rome’s world-famous amphitheater as the gladiators did, on the Arena Floor, then below to its subterranean dungeons, and up to the 2nd Ring, followed by the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill, all in groups of 5 travellers! Your Skip-the-line Colosseum Underground tickets are included.

Tour Highlights

  • Gain VIP Access to Palazzo Colonna at Your Time of Choice
  • Private Viewing of the Colonna Gallery
  • Observe Countless Artistic Masterpieces
  • Tour the Untouched Apartments of Princess Isabelle
  • Discover the Famous Works in the Hall of Apotheosis

What's included

  • Private opening of Palazzo Colonna
  • Expert English-speaking guide
  • Exclusive access to Galleria Colonna
  • Exclusive access to Princess Isabelle’s Apartment

What you’ll See Along the Way

Gain VIP Access into Palazzo Colonna at Your Time of Choice

Your guided VIP tour of the Colonna Palace begins as you grace the extravagant halls where the most elite fashion icons and celebrities have walked. This one of a kind private showing will grant you exclusive access to see the magnificent artworks that were enjoyed solely by nobility for over 800 years. Built on the grounds of the ancient Temple of Serapis, this Palace has a vast history that goes back centuries.

Private Viewing of the Colonna Gallery

Over 270 artistic masterpieces line the halls of the ornate Colonna Gallery. From paintings and sculptures, to mirrors and exquisite chandeliers, this private museum that is comparable to Versailles will surely leave you breathless. The Hall of the Battle Column, located within the gallery, is celebrated for its stunning ceiling fresco by Giuseppe Chiari and red marble pedestal that depicts the Colonna family coat of arms.

Observe Countless Artistic Masterpieces

Calling all Art History lovers! Bronzino's "Venus, Cupid, and a Satyr" is not the only famous painting you'll see on your tour of Palazzo Colonna. Other famous artists who contributed the Palace's grand collection include the legendary Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Carlo Fontana, Annibale Caracci, Brughel, Pinturicchio, Jacopo Tintoretto, Salviati and many others!

Tour the Untouched Apartments of Princess Isabelle

One of the most unique aspects of your whimsical journey through time will be seeing the untouched apartments of the Colonna Princess Isabelle. This rare preservation of royal living quarters will allow you a glimpse into what was only seen by the Colonna family and their closest friends. Some of the rarest pieces in the apartments include an age-old sofa, a canopy with the family symbol, and a painted night clock lit by candle.

Discover the Famous Works in the Hall of Apotheosis

The Hall of the Apotheosis of Martino V features rich red walls and floor to ceiling artworks. Some of the most famous masterpieces in this room include Benedetto Luti's ceiling fresco depicting the family pope rising into heaven and Annibale Carracci's "The Bean Eater." The grandeur of the Colonna Gallery was so eye catching that it even earned a spot in the closing scene of Audry Hepburn's iconic film "Roman Holiday!"

Tour Summary Get in the Know

An Exclusive Opening at Colonna Palace Reserved for You

The Eternal City offers a swirl of awe-inspiring sights to visitors, but after the Vatican Museums, Colosseum, Major Basilicas, important churches, grand piazzas, and Borghese Gallery, you may well feel there’s something you’ve missed. It’s no secret, as you walk Rome’s cobbled streets, the doors of the amazing palazzos that make them so beautiful are almost always closed, hiding another rarely glimpsed side of the city. Now’s your chance to take advantage of a private invitation to enter one you’ll never forget, and see how the Roman nobility really lived.

Our Private Colonna Palace Tour takes you inside what has been hailed as Rome’s Versailles. Home to the influential Colonna family for over 800 years, the building symbolizes the trials and tribulations of both its owners and the city of Rome from the late Medieval period to the 20th century. Its richly decorated halls are also home to the dazzling Galleria Colonna, which rivals the great royal residences of Europe, gathering one of Rome’s largest private art collections, and the intimate elegance of the Princess Isabelle Apartments.

The History of the Colonna Family & Their Roman Abode

The Colonna sit among Rome’s most powerful and distinguished noble families, together with names like the Orsini and Barberini. With 23 cardinals, a pope, a victorious military commander at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, as well as various diplomats and aesthetes, the 31 generations of this bloodline both adapted to and defined the times they lived in. Perhaps no other motto sums up the values they embody than “Sempre Immota”, Latin for “always unchanged”, which you will see engraved on the column at the center of the palace courtyard.

Perhaps the first illustrious family member was Oddone Colonna who was elected Pope Martin V in 1417. Among his most noteworthy accomplishments was returning the Papacy to Rome after some 100 years in Avignon, France, as well as establishing the Colonna Palace as the seat of the Papacy in the Eternal City until his death in 1431. For the next 300 years, the palace would be consolidated and renovated with contributions from the greatest artistic minds from the Renaissance to the Baroque to create the envy of Italy’s noble dwellings.

The Galleria Colonna & Princess Isabelle Apartments

The jewels in the crown of the Colonna Palace interior are without doubt the Colonna Gallery and the private apartments of Princess Isabelle. As the floor plan of this princely residence evolved, rooms were continuously embellished to mark the highest artistic standards, as well as repurposed to suit the changing needs of the patrons. The main gallery was inaugurated in 1703 with contributions from the great architects of the High Baroque, including del Grande, Bernini, and Carlo Fontana of St. Peter’s Basilica fame. As if this pedigree weren’t enough, the collection features masterpieces by Carracci, Bronzino, Tintoretto, and Perugino.

The Princess Isabelle Apartments on the other hand reflect the extension of important Colonna women into the 20th century. This tradition began with the likes of Vittoria Colonna, the famous Italian poetess who was a contemporary and muse to Michelangelo, and Maria Mancini who brought French customs to Rome at the height of the Counter-Reformation. Princess Isabelle came to Rome from Lebanon as the wife of Marcantonio Colonna in 1909. Known as the “Queen” of Roman society, she was known to host Queen Elizabeth II, Jackie Kennedy, and others in her elegant salons, as well as opening Colonna Palace to external visitors.

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