Palazzo Rospigliosi (Book 4) (Map B3) (Day 3) (View B7) (Rione Monti)
In this page:
The plate by Giuseppe Vasi
The secret garden
The Plate (No. 62)
Palazzo Rospigliosi is close to Palazzo
del Quirinale and it was initially built by a Borghese, in this case
Cardinal Scipione Borghese. It was then acquired by Clemens IX Rospigliosi
for his family. Inside there are still the eagles and the dragons of the
Borghese. The view is taken from the green dot in the small 1748 map here below.
In the description below the plate Vasi made reference to: 1) Ancient statue of a Roman Consul (now removed);
2) Secret Garden; 3) Palazzo della Consulta;
4) Walls around the courtyard;
5) Stables. 3) is shown in another page.
The palace is a private property split among banks, lawyers and other people who can afford it. It is relatively well maintained, although the esplanade used as a horse training ground is now a garden. The palace was initially designed by Flaminio Ponzio; after the death of Ponzio (1613), Cardinal Borghese commissioned the completion of the palace to Carlo Maderno and Giovanni Vasanzio.
With wealthy enough looks and the appropriate self-esteem, you can
direct yourself towards a financial institution inside the palace and have
a sneaky view of the internal garden, which has a flavour of Boboli in
Florence and was designed by Giovanni Vasanzio.
Next plate in Book 4: Palazzo Colonna
Next step in Day 3 itinerary: S. Silvestro a Monte Cavallo
Next step in your tour of Rione Monti: Palazzo della Consulta
Go to or to Book 4 or to my Home Page on Baroque Rome or to my Home Page on Rome in the footsteps of an XVIIIth century traveller.