Entering Palazzo Valentini
Today the Palazzo houses the administration of the Provincia di Roma - an area that covers not
just the city, but also some 100 individual Comunes that surround it.
Far underground, the ruins of a domus - a large patrician house from the Roman Imperial era, on top
of which the C16th building was erected - have been excavated and turned into a multi-media visitor
centre that was recently opened to the public.
Entry is limited to groups of just 15, so pre-booking for the 75 minute tour would be a good idea!
... and type palazzo valentini into the search box, at top right.
The request is for "No photography" but - after following round a Italian who was videoing
the whole event - one or two pictures follow...
Also under the Palazzo
If you arrive for your visit to the Domus with time in hand, beneath the Palazzo there are
some highly sought-after exhibition spaces - we were told the waiting list runs until 2013...
This is the view into the main underground hall, as seen when descending the staircase.
The show we saw was entitled "Libere Armonie" - paintings and sculptures, all the work of
ten female artists, members of the cultural association "L'Angolo dell'Arte - DonnEuropa".
Sculpture and paintings by Cecilia Fiorelli
One of the artists exhibited at "Libere Armonie"
Anna Magnani - by Paola Flavoni
A great Roman actor, depicted by a fine Roman artist.... and Signora Flavoni
turned out to also be a gracious host and guide to the exhibition -
enthusiastically telling us the history of the Association and its aims.
On the tour - setting the scene
Example of the rather disconcerting glass floor
... eventually though you do get accustomed to walking "over" the ruins!
Inside the domus, under Palazzo Valentini
A later wall, added as a support for the upper stories, that cuts
right across one of the original mosaic floors
Detail from that same mosaic floor
In another room, on the far side of the later supporting wall - Palazzo Valentini
Where we were, on the day when....
Funny what can happen whilst you've been underground for an hour or two!
On the way out, a change and - for today at least - she's bigger news than the Domus...