Neoclassical residence built for a former Pope’s nephew now housing Museum of Rome exhibitions. Palazzo Braschi is a large Neoclassical palace in Rome, Italy and is located between the Piazza Navona, the Campo de’ Fiori, the Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and the Piazza di Pasquino.
Palazzo Braschi is in the heart of Renaissance Rome, between Piazza Navona and Corso Vittorio Emanuele II. Cosimo Morelli (1732-1812) an architect from Imola, was commissioned to design the building for Luigi Braschi Onesti, the nephew of Pius VI (Cesena 1717 – Valence 1799), who was elected Pope in 1775. It was built from wealth accumulated thanks to the unprincipled granting of many privileges from the Pope to his nephew. Palazzo Braschi is tangible evidence of Papal nepotism. It was last rebuilt under Pius VI before the radical political and cultural changes brought about by the French Revolution.