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A 5 minute walk from the Trevi Fountain – the Palazzo Colonna is one of the oldest and largest private palaces in Rome. Construction began in the 14th century and the Colonna family still reside there today. It’s a genuine jewel of Baroque construction with wonderful frescoed ceilings, mirrored walls and an art collection is filled with masterworks from the 15th thru 18th centuries. There’s a lovely cafe overlooking the Renaissance gardens. We did the garden tour and loved hearing the head Gardner tell us some of the local gossip! This is a favorite spot to escape from the hectic streets of the historical center of Rome. Don’t miss the cannon ball in the entry gallery; it flew through the window in the 1870’s and has rested on the stairs ever since. The gallery is only open to the public on Saturdays,from 9:00am to 1:15 – entrance is on Via della Pilota,17. www.galleriacolonna.it