Chiesa di San Luigi dei Francesi
Church to Rome’s French community since 1589, this art-rich baroque bonanza boasts no less than three canvases by Caravaggio: La...
Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi
With its ornate fountains, baroque palazzi and colourful cast of street artists, hawkers and tourists, Piazza Navona is Rome’s most...
This small, unassuming cafe, generally three deep at the bar, is famous for its gran caffè , said by many to be the best coffee in town....
Fast food goes upmarket at this trendy takeaway opposite the Senate. The brainchild of Roman super-chef Massimo Riccioli, it offers a...
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, 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.