Palazzo Ferrajoli

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Piazza Colonna: on the left the Palazzo Ferrajoli, in the middle the Mark Aurelian column , behind it the Palazzo Wedekind , on the right the Palazzo Chigi

The Palazzo Ferrajoli (also Palazzo Ferraioli , formerly Palazzo Del Bufalo Niccolini ) is a palace in Rome . It is located in the Colonna district on the corner of Via del Corso and Piazza Colonna , opposite the Palazzo Chigi .


The palace was built in the first half of the 16th century from older buildings of the noble family Del Bufalo Cancellieri. In 1561 it was rebuilt by Giacomo della Porta , and in 1602 by Francesco Peparelli . In 1728 he passed by marriage to the noble Niccolini family. During the Napoleonic period, the French ambassador to the Pope, Cardinal Joseph Fesch , a half-uncle of Napoleon Bonaparte, resided in the palazzo .

In 1855 the bibliophile and very wealthy Marchese Giuseppe Ferrajoli (or Ferraioli ) moved into the palazzo, which he acquired entirely a few years later. Ferrajoli and his three sons Gaetano, Alessandro and Filippo created a valuable private library there , which in 1926 went to the Vatican Apostolic Library by testamentary provisions . The holdings of the Biblioteca Ferrajoli (Fondo Ferrajoli) amount to around 40,000 volumes, 2,500 brochures, 25,000 autographs and 1,020 manuscripts. It is worth mentioning in this context the parallel to the neighboring Palazzo Chigi, in which the official seat of the Italian Prime Minister is located. At the end of 1922, the government donated the Biblioteca Chigiana there to the Vatican Library.

The Ferrajoli family now lives in part of their palazzo. Other parts are rented or serve as rooms for political, cultural and, above all, sophisticated events such as weddings. The autonomous regions of Aosta Valley and Friuli-Venezia Giulia maintain their representations in Rome in the Palazzo Ferrajoli.

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Coordinates: 41 ° 54 ′ 2.5 ″  N , 12 ° 28 ′ 48.9 ″  E