In Rome: Palazzo di Montecitorio

I have a bad habit of not taking photos when I first visit a city, I usually prefer to live in the moment while walking around and I feel like I’ll miss something if I have a camera glued to my face. On my first two trips to Rome, I took very few photos and I deeply regretted it. So, last July when I returned to Rome for a few days, I was determined to explore the city and capture some of the truly incredible architecture for Zavvi Rodaine readers. Luckily, I had a fantastic guide to explain the history of Rome’s hidden gems and over the next few weeks, I’ll share it all with you.

One of my favorites was the Palazzo di Montecitorio, designed by Bernini, which is actually home to Italy’s house of parliament for government. Usually corded off for security reasons by police, we were lucky to get close enough for photos of the convex fa├žade and detail photos of the window sills made of stone.

Architect Carlos Fontana added the bell gable with three bells and the sundial obelisk was installed at the request of Pope Pius in 1789.

Notice the alternating half circles and triangles over each window.

Look closely to see the “curve” of the palace at the marble column.

I was tempted to peek inside this street level window, but I didn’t…I promise!

The Baroque detail underneath the cornice was interesting too.

Flags of the Italian nation on the palace balcony.

The reliefs on either side of the main entrance represent Charity and Justice.

Photos: Zavvi Rodaine

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