Palazzo Madama

Palazzo Madama information

Rome , Italy
Address
Street Piazza Madama 11
Telephone
+390 6 6706 2430
Getting there
bus Corso del Rinascimento
More information
www.senato.it
Opening hours
guided tours 10am-6pm, 1st Sat of month Jul-Sep
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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, when the baroque facade was added together with the decorative frieze, 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.