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“Unexpected surprise!”

Palazzo Chigi di Ariccia
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Ranked #93 of 4 619 things to do in Lazio
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

This astonishing Palace is located in the centre of Ariccia's main place. The external façade of this building looks quite linear, even if magnificent, but the internal rooms are really impressive. Thanks to our guide, a very skilled guy, we got a lot of information about the Chigi's dinasty and the complicated history of their summer residence. Many pieces of furniture are original and contribute to recreate the picturesque atmosphere of the seventeenth century. All is well conserved inside: the paintings, the sculptures, the special wall paper, the furniture (including a wardrobe with original clothes, beds, bedside tables, ancient games, a small pharmacy and so on). Do not forget that the Italian film director Luchino Visconti decided to set here his masterpiece "Il Gattopardo (The Leopard)". Let alone the adjacent grove. I assure you this Palace is really worth a visit!

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Reviewed 20 August 2012

We visited the cardinal´s apartment and the museum with paintings from the barock. Fantastic place! We would have seen more if we could get information in english or german... but all signs and all guided tour was only in italian. Why?
It´s a pity because we are interested in history of all kinds and really wanted to understand and know what was written on the information signs. We had to guess.... THAT is not good. The place is very close to Rome, and I think tourists would be interested to visit this palazzo.

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Reviewed 2 April 2012

The Chigi Palace in Ariccia represents a unique example of baroque residence that has preserved its original aspect over the centuries, to document the prestige of one of the greatest Italian Pope dynasties: the Chigi. The Palace, transformed into a prestigious baroque residence by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, is a museum and a center for several cultural activities: exhibits, concerts, guided tours, conferences, meetings, study programs.
The Palace is approximately 10000 square meters.
The parts available to the public are the Rooms of the Cardinal Flavio Chigi on the main floor, the Piano Nobile or second floor, selected areas decorated in the style of the period, and the museum exhibit areas.
Attached to the palace is an immense park of 28 hectares, dating back to 16th century, rich of mixed vegetation, archaeological finds, fountains and decorations of the 17th century, the last remnants of the "nemus aricinum" consecrated to the goddess Diana.
Originally made to be a "Barco", or an area that is gated off for hunting, then a "paesistico" or "romantico" garden, called so for its naturalistic and colorful character, Chigi Park constitutes a unique example of its kind, with plans by Bernini and Fontana (Piazza del Mascherone, the "Snow Cave", the fountains of the Mask etc.).
In the course of the 1700's and the 1800's the park was a favorite destination of the Grand Tour d'Italie, reproduced in numerous paintings of artists such as Hackert, Corot, Turner, Ivanov etc., remembered by Goethe, Stendhal and D'Annunzio.
Some of the most important features of the park are the Aviary constructed by the Savelli (1628) and the imposing monument of Tiberian age, originally from from the Old Appian Way and rebuilt in 1997.

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