A travel idea to visit something unusual and off the beaten track of mass tourism. This is Doria Pamphilj Palace in Valmontone, the umpteenth jewel of the Roman countryside.
Valmontone, in the province of Rome, was in the past a very important town from a strategic and communications point of view. Its importance was so high that it did not pass the enemy army or invader, that it did not think of razing it to the ground, as it has often happened until the second world war.
What remains of the ancient Valmontone of historic and valuable are Doria Pamphilj Palace, a building that dominates the town from above and the Collegiate Church of the Assumption.
For a tourist, it may seem little. In reality these two ancient buildings have 1000 reasons to be visited and admired, passing a good half day.
The History of Doria Palace in Valmontone
The idea of building Doria Pamphilj Palace dates back to 1651 and was the result of the ambition of Camillo Pamphilj, nephew of the pope of the time, Innocenzo X.
At that time, Camillo bought the fief of Valmontone from the Barberini family and decided to build on it, a majestic palace complete with armory, stables, barn, prisons and even shops.
So he demolished the Sforza Castle, which stood where now stands Doria Palace, and within 8 years (it was 1670) the new building already dominated on the fief of Valmontone.
In his intentions, Doria Palace in Valmontone had to be the epicenter of the roman culture and art. A small Florence at the time of the Medici to be clear.
The Interiors of Doria Pamphilj Palace
Today inside it is possible to admire a whole series of frescoes dated between 1657 and 1661, an admirable example of “Roman” painting of the period. These can be seen along the eleven theme rooms of the building. The rooms are dedicated to the four elements (air, water, fire and earth) and to the four continents (those that were known in 600).
The painters who created these works were great masters of the time: Pier Francesco Mola, Gaspard Dughet, Guglielmo Cortese known as Borgognone, Francesco Cozza, Giambattista Tassi and Mattia Preti.
The eleven rooms also include the sumptuous Sala del Principe, and two smaller rooms, the only ones not themed with elements and continents.
Eat and Stay in Valmontone
In your half day spent visiting Valmontone do not forget to taste the excellent “gnocchi a coda de soreca” (long dumplings that owe their name to their particular shape that resembles the tail of a rat), at one of the typical restaurants.
If your stay should be longer than a day, there are no shortage of places to sleep: the Hotels and Bed and Breakfasts of the Italy Where Else circuit. These structures can host you even more days if you decide to take our Rome Countryside Tour.
Get to Valmontone
Valmontone is located on Via Casilina, a very important road to the south-east of Rome. It can be reached by car exiting the A1 highway exit. For those who come by public transport, there are many bus lines (they are distinguished by the blue color), which depart from Rome Stazione Anagnina. There is also the train station, coming from Roma Termini on the “Rome-Cassino” section or from Naples “via Cassino”.
For tourists coming from abroad, our Chaufferage service to and from Rome’s airports is the ideal solution.
You just have to organize yourself to visit this beautiful Palace, rich in history and art. Definitely a way to visit the Roman countryside and learn more about part of its history of its territory.