Napoleon Museum Rome

The Museo Napoleonico is located on the ground floor of the historical building Palazzo Primoli in the Ponte district in Rome. The nucleus of the museum is the collection count Primoli donated to the city in 1927. Continue reading “Napoleon Museum Rome”

Via dei Banchi Vecchi Rome

The Via dei Banchi Vecchi is one of the most beautiful streets in the center of Rome and even though it is very short it still manages to run through three rioni: Ponte, Parione and Regola.

Via dei Banchi Vecchi Rome

It starts almost at the end of the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and goes off in south-eastern directions to end after a couple of blocks and split up into the Via del Pellegrino and the Via di Monserrato.

Originally the Via dei Banchi Vecchi was divided into two parts, the Via della Chiavica di Santa Lucia and the Via dei Banchi. The first part got its name from a church (Santa Lucia del Gonfalone) and a sewer and the second part because of the presence of the mint and of a number of banks.

When the mint was moved the street came to be called the Via dei Banchi Vecchi and the street the mint was moved to, on the other side of the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, the Via dei Banchi Nuovi.

Tourist attractions in the Via dei Banchi Vecchi are the above-mentioned Santa Lucia del Gonfalone church and the Palazzo Crivelli.

Via dei Banchi Vecchi – Rome

Palazzo Primoli Rome

Palazzo Primoli in Rome is a historical building in the quarter of Ponte. It houses no less than two museums: The Museo Napoleonico (ground floor) and the Mario Praz Museum on the third floor.

Palazzo Primoli Rome

Address, opening hours and admission

Address: Piazza di Ponte Umberto I, 1 – Rome. The building itself cannot be visited.

History and description

The Palazzo Primoli was constructed in the 17th century, by the family Gottifredi, who sold it to the Filonardi (end of the 18th century). Around 1829 it was finally acquired by Luigi Primoli.

The palazzo was completely reconstructed in the early 20th century, as a result of the new walls that were to be built in order to keep the Tiber from flooding. The architect Raffaele Ojetti had the old facade facing the Piazza dell’Orso destroyed. A huge new entrance was built on the Via Zanardelli side, the building was made taller and a new facade was created facing the Piazza di Ponte Umberto.

Napoleon Museum

In 1927 Giuseppe Primoli donated the entire ground floor, including the collection of works of art and Napoleonic paraphernalia to the city of Rome. Apart from the Museo Napoleonico‘s collection, the interior itself, and especially the original ceiling fresco’s are well worth a view.

Mario Praz Museum

As of June 1st 1995 the Museo Mario Praz, wholly dedicated to the works of art acquired in the Roman flea markets and antique stores by this collector, to be found on the 3rd floor of the Palazzo Primoli.


Apart from the two museums the Fondazione Primoli and the Primoli Library (over 30,000 volumes) can be found in the Palazzo.

Piazza di Ponte Umberto I, 1 – Rome

Mario Praz Museum Rome

Mario Praz (1896-1982) was an intellectual and inveterate art collector, who scoured the flea markets and antique stores of Rome for neo-classicist art. More than 1,400 works of art, including furniture, paintings, drawings, sculptures and other objects of various kinds bear witness to this passion. Continue reading “Mario Praz Museum Rome”

Palazzo della Zecca in Banchi Rome

The Palazzo della Zecca Vecchia is also called Palazzo della Zecca in Banchi or Palazzo del Banco di Santo Spirito and is located in the Ponte district in Rome, a short walk from, a.o. Piazza Navona.

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