Palazzo CornaroRome, near Trevi Fountain
Giacomo del Duca (c. 1520-1604), a native of Sicily, was also designed the nearby Oratory of S. Maria in Trivio.
The palace later served as the residence of a Cornaro family cardinal, Cardinal Patriarch Federico Cornaro. After a period in which it was rented to various others (including Cardinal Mazarin of France, 1640-1), the palace was sold by the family in 1647 to Donna Olimpia, then acquired by the della Rovere family and passed to the Duke of Urbino, nephew of Pope Julius II. Clement VIII subsequently purchased the palace and it was inherited by his niece and heir Olimpia Pamphili, the wife of Camillo Pamphili and sister-in-law of Innocent X [Giovanni Battista Pamphili].
The building was later re-worked and enlarged by the Chigi family, then occupied by the Austrian Ambassador to Italy. The Italian government acquired the palace, 1917, to house the Ministries of Colonies and Foreign Affairs. Since 1960 the property, now known as Chigi Palace, has been the residence of the Prime Minister of Italy.
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