Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi
Church to Rome’s French community since 1589, this opulent baroque chiesa is home to a celebrated trio of Caravaggio paintings: the...
Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi
Piazza Navona's grand centrepiece, Bernini’s Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi is an ornate, showy work featuring muscular personifications of...
With its ornate fountains, baroque palazzi (mansions) and colourful cast of street artists, hawkers and tourists, Piazza Navona is...
This small, unassuming cafe, generally three deep at the bar, is reckoned by many to serve the best coffee in town. Created by beating...
Handily sandwiched between Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, this bright and breezy takeaway dishes up surprisingly good slices of low-cal...
Piazza Madama 11 · interesting places nearby
Palazzo Madama information
Seat of the Italian Senate since 1871, the regal Palazzo Madama was originally the 16th-century residence of Giovanni de’ Medici, the future Pope Leo X. It was enlarged in the 17th century and later provided office space for several pontifical departments.
The name ‘Madama’ is a reference to Margaret of Parma, the illegitimate daughter of the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, who lived here from 1559 to 1567.