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The Palazzo

This is where the gods live. It’s where the Aqua Virgo aqueduct used to run and magnificent temples flourish. In Roman times, nymphs and muses were venerated as protectors of the arts and springs. Over the centuries, houses and palaces were layered on top of one another, until the Renaissance when humanist Angelo Maria Colocci, secretary to Pope Leo X de’ Medici, built his residence here.

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The Nazareno

In the 17th century the Palazzo was home to nobles and high prelates, until it was purchased by Cardinal Tonti. Rich and powerful, he was appointed titular archbishop of Nazareth by the pope, and because of this was known as Cardinal Nazareno.

Upon his death, the cardinal decided to leave the palace to San Giuseppe Calasanzio, founder of the Piarist fathers, to turn it into a school. The newly founded Collegio was named after him and provided education for children of poor families.

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The Collegio

Between the 18th and 19th century the Collegio acquired increasing prestige and began to host the sons of the aristocracy. It became the Nobile Collegio del Nazareno, famous across Europe. Politicians, cardinals and diplomats were educated here.

The building continued to grow with the addition of a theatre, new classrooms, staircases, galleries, frescoes and a delightful indoor garden.

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The closure

In the twentieth century the school strengthened its reputation for excellence with the recognition by the Kings of Italy first and the Presidents of the Italian Republic later.

In 1970 female students were admitted for the first time. Due to families increasingly moving out of the city center, the Collegio closed its classrooms in 1999. Since then, the building has experienced a slow decline.

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The restoration

Today, a massive yet respectful restoration project has brought the Palazzo back to life. The architectural magnificence of the historic spaces now serves as the backdrop for the new Palazzo Talìa hotel.

Our challenge is combining the intimacy of an open and welcoming home with the grandeur of a place so steeped in history.

For this reason, the monumental spaces have been transformed into stage settings designed by Studio Luca Guadagnino. The refined and elegant rooms have been designed and curated down to the smallest of details by the Interior studio of Mia Home Design Gallery and Laura Feroldi Studio. Luxurious materials and artisanal Italian manufacturing live together side by side with eclectic pieces from international designers.

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