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Pamphilj Palace (Palazzo Pamphilj) Tours

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Pamphilj Palace (Palazzo Pamphilj)
Dominating Piazza Navona, the baroque Palazzo Pamphilj was commissioned in the 17th century to celebrate the election of Pope Innocent X (born Giovanni Battista Pamphilj). Artists such as Bernini, Borromini, and da Cortona were called on to design and decorate the interiors and facade. Today, the palace is home to the Brazilian Embassy.

The Basics
In 1644, Giovanni Battista Pamphilj hired architect Girolamo Rainaldi to expand and redesign a 14th-century palace owned by the Pamphilj dynasty, transforming it into a sumptuous symbol of the family’s power and prestige. Some of the best-known artists and architects in the city contributed to the project. Today, Palazzo Pamphilj is one of Rome’s baroque masterpieces, with lavish interior halls, courtyards, and galleries. Brazil has owned the palace since 1961.

You can book a guided tour of the palace with the Brazilian Embassy. Otherwise, tours of Piazza Navona and environs sometimes include a stop to admire the palace’s elegant facade.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Palazzo Pamphilj is a must-see for baroque architecture enthusiasts.
  • Tours last 40 minutes and are offered in Italian and Portuguese only—reserve via the Brazilian Embassy website.
  • The palace also houses the Galleria Candido Portinari, which hosts temporary art exhibits.
  • Some areas of the palace aren’t accessible to strollers and wheelchairs—confirm in advance.

How to Get There

Palazzo Pamphilj overlooks lively Piazza Navona in the center of Rome. Get there via one of the many buses that stop on nearby Largo di Torre Argentina.

When to Get There
The Brazilian Embassy offers guided visits each afternoon, which must be reserved in advance. The palace’s facade is particularly theatrical when lit at night, so stop by after sunset for dramatic photos.

The Highlights of Palazzo Pamphilj

Built as a symbol of the newly elected pope’s wealth and power, the palace’s ornate interiors were designed to dazzle. Besides the staircase and two courtyards, check out the splendid series of halls on the first floor, richly frescoed by some of Rome’s most famous 17th-century artists. The crown jewel is the Galleria Cortona, designed by Borromini and decorated by da Cortona, where the pope would entertain and hope to impress his most honored guests.
Address: Piazza Navona, 14, Rome 00186, Italy
Admission: Varies
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Recent Reviews from Experiences in Rome

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MissButtons C
, Sep 2019
Perfect Romantic evening with good food company and wonderful music . The views are spectacular!! Small group of people so you are close to the Opera singers .
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Open air opera concert in Rome
michelemhunter
, Jul 2018
Fabulous, perfect setting, wonderful singers, not too long. The bar overlooking Rome where we had drinks afterwards was fantastic, what a view! We went in July, so it was very hot, you need to request a table in the shade.
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ldemmons
, Jun 2018
This was definitely one of my favorite experiences of Rome I will always remember. A small group in an elegant setting with a gorgeous view of Piazza Navona. The two singers well expressed the passion and intensity of Italian opera. And of course everything goes better with wine and prosciutto. Even my daughter who is not an opera fan was very taken with this great sampling from the greatest IIalian opera composers. It was topped off with a visit to the rooftop bar with a beautiful 360 view of Rome resulting in some of my best pictures. Don't miss this taste of the musical essence of Roman culture!!

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Enjoy an evening of opera in the country where it was born with this exclusive concert and candlelight dinner set in the Pamphilj Palace overlooking Piazza Navona. Begin your evening with a welcome aperitif, and then relax over a romantic dinner served with a selection of wines while being serenaded with some of the most famous arias in opera history. Take home a souvenir CD of opera classics as a memento.
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