Palazzo Colonna in Paliano
Il Palazzo Colonna of Paliano (Seventeenth century) is the country home of the main branch of the Colonna family from the middle of the 1600 until today.
It is in excellent condition both inside and out. All the facades of the building have been restored in recent years and the correct ordinary maintenance is carried out continuously.
The Palace is located at center of Paliano (FR), at 60 km from Rome, next to the Church of St. Andrew and it overlooks the main square, Piazza Marcantonio Colonna, Via Lepanto and Via Umberto I.
Le visits they are exclusively by reservation, for one minimum of 10 people, and are always accompanied by the Colonna family's trusted staff.
They can be visited dirty 10 fully furnished of the representative apartment of the Palazzo (about 800 square meters), the entrance courtyard and family chapel, where the ancestors rest Column of the main line from the sec. XVI up to our days, among them Marcantonio II Colonna, commander of the pontifical fleet at Lepanto, and his wife Felice Orsini.
The visit can be completed with a stop at the adjacent beautiful church of S. Andrea (XNUMXth century) and a convivial moment in the La Corte del Gusto restaurant, which is inside the Palazzo (www.ristorantecortedelgusto.it).
The history of Palazzo Colonna
Filippo I Colonna (1578-1639) has the Palazzo di Paliano built around the 1623 next to the Collegiate of St. Andrew, the main church of the village, where the family chapel was already found with the tombs of some of the main Colonnesi exponents.
For a long time Paliano had been one of the Colonna strategic strongholds; in the Fortress (15th century), which dominates the village from above, today a house of imprisonment, there was an important contingent of Colonnesi troops, which will remain in service until the early 1800 when they will be discharged from Filippo III Colonna (1760-1818), at the end of the feudal period in agreement with Pope Pius VII.
Filippo I Colonna dedicates the Palace of Paliano to the memory of his wife Lucrezia Tomacelli (1576-1622) and restructure the new building in the noble chapel "to give a worthy burial to the illustrious consort", as the plaque above the main entrance of the building on Piazza Marcantonio Colonna recites.
One of the sons of Filippo I and Lucrezia, the Cardinal Girolamo I Colonna (1604-1666) completes, in the second half of the 1600, the building of the Palace adding a new wing with the help of theArch. Antonio Del Grande; from then on, the building will remain almost unchanged, with its linear and austere charm, typical of the ancient noble residences of the Roman countryside.
From its construction up to now it has hosted fifteen generations of families. During the second world conflict it was for a period requisitioned by the German armed forces, who looted it and abandoned it in a ruinous state. Immediately after the war, a slow and constant restoration and redecoration began.
The external elevations have benefited in the last ten years of a careful conservative restoration, which testifies to the care and the emotional bond of the Colonna family for this ancient historical residence.