1. NAPOLEON IN ROME
In 1809, when Rome become part of the French Empire, Napoleon declared all ruins of the Eternal City a “national treasure”. As restorations and excavations started up, Napoleon’s relatives moved to Rome to share with Roman aristocracy a new French age of cultural renovation.
Gioacchino and Carolina Murat stopped over here on their way to Naples; Napoleon’s uncle, Cardinal Fesch, become ambassador to the Holy See; Napoleon’s mother Letizia lived in Rome for the rest of her life; so did his brother Luciano; his sister Paolina married Roman Prince Borghese; among all his relatives, still living in Rome after 1821, one can even mention Luigi Napoleon, the future Napoleon III.
Two Roman discendents from Napoleon’s brothers (Luigi and Giovanni Primoli) donated their collections of antiquities to Italy in 1927. Displayed in Palazzo Primoli, paintings, statues, miniatures, pieces of furniture, clothes and objects of daily life are a reminder of the French-Roman Age and Napoleon’s footprint in his beloved Rome (although he never set his foot here!). They help a visitor imagine Rome as a different City, where instead of a Roman Pope the ruler was - for about 20 years - a French Caesar!
DURATION: 2 hours
WHEN: from TUESDAY to SUNDAY
(except Easter Sunday and Monday, May 1st, December 25th, January 1st)
HOW: on foot, in the Napoleonic Museum
MEETING POINT: at Primoli Palace, Piazza Ponte Umberto I,
at the corner with via Zanardelli
MEETING TIME: to be agreed via mail (from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.- closing time: 7 p.m.)
TOUR RATE: € 150 (whatever be the group size)
ADMISSION FEE: € 8 per person
FINAL STOP: in the Museum (200 mts. from Piazza Navona)
GUIDED BY: Max, Marlene, Massimo