Relais Borgo Lanciano
Palazzo Altieri in Oriolo Romano evokes the late-fifteenth-century lines of similar buildings such as Villa Medici in Rome, Villa Mondragone in Frascati and Palazzo Orsini in Bomarzo. quintessential Renaissance Palazzo with splendid halls. Palazzo Altieri is one of a kind, located on the enourmous circular shaped piazza of the medieval hamlet of Oriolo Romano. Interior is all unique Renaissance gilding, antique furniture, precious frescoes, paintings and statutes. Further work and extensions were dictated by defensive and celebratory requirements, such as the lengthening of a hall to hold a picture gallery, where today we can admire all the portraits. The Galleria dei Papi (Gallery of the Popes) built by Pope Clemens X is a rare curiosity: here we can admire all the portraits of the popes from St. Peter to modern times. The frescoes in the original building, certainly more valuable, are part of the late Mannerist movement of the Roman school prior to the revolution started by Caravaggio. The most pleasant view is offered to us by the atrium, with the vault portraying Phaeton driving the horses of the sun. Also notable are the portraits in the Salone degli Stemmi, with two coats of arms of the family who recently owned the Palazzo and a unique gallery for musicians. In the Sala delle Belle, nine of the eleven portraits remain of the Mancini sisters, painted by Voet. The wall frescoes include a rare image of the palace prior to its modification by the future owners.