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Palazzaccio - Palace of Justice, Rome: 11 reviews and 17 photos

  Palazzo Giustizia - Façade on Tiber
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In other cities this building would have been a tourist attraction, in Rome it is just ignored although it is colossal building assembling elements of Renaissance and Neoclassicism styles.
It is just on the other side of the Tiber when arriving from Piazza Navona by the Umberto I bridge on the way to Castel S. Angelo.

The Italian Supreme Court of Justice, designed by Guglielmo Calderini was built between 1889 and 1910. It is a symbol of the national identity of modern Italy.
It was erected on purpose at proximity of Castel St. Angelo and the S. Pietro Basilica by the liberal secular government to counterbalance the spiritual authority of the Church by a construction symbolizing the temporal authority of the new Italian state.
The building is in travertine with some Baroque excess of decoration and statues especially on the main façade oriented towards the Tiber.
The Romans, rather critical about the buildings of that period (ref. the Vittoriano monument), called it the "Palazzaccio" what means the "Ugly Palace".
Now from some distance, the Lungotevere or Umberto I bridge, it doesn't look so bad. The bronze quadrige is superb.
Walking along the Tiber from the Ponte Umberto I to the Ponte S. Angelo provides the best views on the Palazzo de Giustizia and on the Castel Sant'Angelo.

Address: Piazza Cavour
Directions: 200 m on the right of Castel Sant'Angelo.

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  • Updated May 1, 2013
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