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Palazzo della Cancelleria

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Address: Piazza della Cancelleria | Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Rome, Italy
Phone Number: +39 06 6988 7616
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This served as the site of the Apostle Chancellory, the Pope's Offices, for...

This served as the site of the Apostle Chancellory, the Pope's Offices, for several centuries.

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Elegant Papal Palace residence for Bernard Law, Desgraced US Cardinal

Two things motivated my visit here: 1) It is a superb example of Renaissance architecture well preserved by the Vatican for several Vatican functions. It has the legal status... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 February 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2016

Built for the Cardinal Raffaele Riario at the beginning of the16th century, this magnificent work of Donato Bramante was the first new palace in the Renaissance style. The palace was immediately occupied by the Pope Leo X and became the Papal Chancellery (Cancelleria).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016

I cannot say I saw any of the building except for the museum but it was AMAZING! My children ages 8-15 really enjoyed it (they do like science, etc). Lots of hands-on and great explanations in English (descriptions on the wall, not verbal) from art to science, to architecture to inventions, we learned tons about Leonardo da Vinci's accomplishments (not... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

Two things motivated my visit here: 1) It is a superb example of Renaissance architecture well preserved by the Vatican for several Vatican functions. It has the legal status under the Lateran Treaty of being it Italy though part of the Holy See- with full diplomatic immunity as if were the Vatican itself. 2) It is also the residence of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016

The entire family loved this museum. Not sure how long they will have this exhibit. If you have children over eight. This is a must see. Go in the morning. We found that the younger children were too tired and hungry to enjoy this later in the day. The machines are awesome. Many are very hands on. We did notice... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2015

This is now the Papal Chancellery building in Rome that had been built for a church Cardinal that secured the funds to begin construction by winning 60,000 scudi at a dice game. He was also given the Church of San Lorenzo next door by his famous uncle Sixtus IV. The Cardinal was from the Riario family and you can still... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2015

This exhibition is so worth a visit. Fascinating to see the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci recreated. This aspect of his work is not always explored and celebrated being overshadowed by his extraordinary painting. We see into an amazing mind centuries ahead of the times. The power of dreaming and imagining. Not so "crazy" after all as many of his... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2015

What an eye-opener this Palace is! Light-filled with pink stone reminiscent of Urbino's central court and Venetian architecture, this home of Raffaelle Riario, a man who was made Cardinal at 16, is a virtuoso work by someone familiar with the courtyard of the Medici in Florence and that of the Duke of Urbino; he solves the problem of the corners... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2015

This museum has a great exhibition of the works of Leonardo Da Vinci including some interactive machines. the exhibition itself is unique but so is the museum building- another thing to admire by itself!

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Nuremberg, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2015

This is an exhibition of Leonardo's machines and is quite interesting. Many of his ideas have been recreated according to his original designs and put on display. A nice way to spend some time on a cold, rainy day in March.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2015

The was one of our final stops on a self guided walking tour, at dusk there is great lighting for photos, the plaza itself is also well kept and when we went not all that crowded at all. We used our Roma pass to get discounted entry (down to 9 euros from 14) to the Leonardo da Vinchi exhibit. My... More 

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