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Palazzo Chigi Ariccia, Ariccia

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The Palazzo Chigi of Ariccia was the ducal palace of the Chigi family located in the center of the town of Ariccia, near Rome, Italy.

Originally a 15th-century palace of the Savelli family stood at the site, it was rebuilt during 1664 to 1672, in a Baroque style by the Chigi Family. The work was a collaboration between Gian Lorenzo Bernini and his pupil Carlo Fontana. The sober exterior does not reflect the highly decorated interiors. The palace and park were ceded to the Commune in 1988 by the prince Agostino Chigi Albani della Rovere, and now served as a host of exhibitions and events. It hosts the Museo del Barocco Romano encompassed by some of the remaining Chigi family collections. These include the following paintings:

Four Seasons by Mario de’ Fiori in collaboration with Carlo Maratti, Bernardino Mei, Giacinto Brandi, Giovanni Maria Morandi, and Filippo Lauri

Allegory of the Senses by Pier Francesco Mola

Preparatory sketches (cartoons) for mosaics of the cupola of St Peter's Basilica by Cavalier d’Arpino

I “feudi Chigi con cani levrieri by Michelangelo Pace also called “il Campidoglio”

Finti arazzi commissioned by Cardinal Ottoboni from Domenico Paradisi, Michelangelo Ricciolini and Francesco Borgognone for the Palazzo della Cancelleria

Finti arazzi con giochi di putti by Giovanni Battista Magni “il Modanino”;

Landscapes by Jos de Momper, Tempestino, and Egidio de Monte

Pindar and Pan by Salvator Rosa

Blessed Giovanni Chigi in penitence by Giovanni Battista Gaulli called "Il Baciccio"

Marine landscape with St Augustine by Jos de Momper and Alessandro Mattia da Farnese.

Portrait of Pope Clement IX and Cardinal Sigismondo Chigi by Il Baciccio

Portrait of Cardinal Flavio Chigi by Jacob Ferdinand Voet

Portrait of Sister Maria Lutugarda by JF Voet

Portrait of Sister Flavia Virginia by JF Voet

Portrait of Agostino Chigi by JF Voet

Portrait of Maria Virginia Borghese by JF Voet

Serie delle Belle by Anna Caffarelli Minutoli

Portrait of Maria Virginia Borghese by Giovanni Maria Morandi

Portrait of Mario Chigi by GM Morandi

Portrait of venerable Aurelio Chigi by Francesco Vanni

Portrait of Cardinal Fabio Chigi by Carlo Cesi

Portrait of Suor Berenice by Francesco Trevisani

Works by Loreti, Guttembrun, Masucci, and KoblerThe park contains Roman spolia and the remains of buildings used as part of a hunting preserve.
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  • Pity we found the palace closed when we arrived yet the facade and location in Ariccia is worth a visit when open. The Church opposite is imposing and was worth viewing 
    Pity we found the palace closed when we arrived yet the facade and location in Ariccia is worth a visit when open. The Church opposite is imposing and was worth viewing  more »
  • There was nothing on the exterior to indicate this was a palazzo with over 500 years of history. We went on a guided tour of the living quarters. The wall "paper" being stitched together, embossed... 
    There was nothing on the exterior to indicate this was a palazzo with over 500 years of history. We went on a guided tour of the living quarters. The wall "paper" being stitched together, embossed...  more »
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  • The villa is very interesting, but you can only visit with a guide and unless you have a group and send a request beforehand, the tours included in the ticket are at fixed times and only in Italian. The villa, designed by Bernini, has been well-restored and while you are going round, the guide explains the history of the powerful Chigi family who built it. Many rooms are covered in an ornate wallpaper made from pieces of decorated leather being stitched together. Although we were hoping to visit the church opposite, we were told nobody is sure of the current opening hours as the priest is overseeing 2 parishes and is either here in the late morning or the late afternoon.
  • Interesting conglomeration of museum spaces and historical rooms dedicated to telling the story of the influential Chigi family.

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