The Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia, Italy

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The Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia is an architectural monument which can be seen as both a villa (with a turreted castle) or a grand palace (as seen from the Pizza di Corte). It was converted to a Baroque residence in the sixteenth century by the great sculpture, painter, and architect Gian Lorenzo Bernini. It remains to be a fine representation of the history and esteem of one of the largest papal Italian families, the Chigi (the primary residence). Many of the buildings furnishings have been unaltered and the exterior is a grayish blue which is very fashionable in the Roman Baroque style. Today the palace is used as a grand center of cultural activities including: museum exhibits, concerts, guided tours, lectures for eager Auburn students, conferences, research, and collections of artwork and historical pieces.

My study abroad experience has begun.  I am in classes at Auburn for January, and I’ll be shipped off and in Ariccia, Italy by February.  I am excited about having the opportunity to have such an interesting and unique experience escaping Alabama, and learning to blend with the Italians.  The Palazzo Chigi Ariccia is where we will be having lectures, and learning about Italy and the Italian culture.  Wish me luck and keep me in your prayers.  Be back in May.  Ciao!
*The picture is a Historical Postcard of the Palace

Check out the collections featured in the Palazzo Chigi Ariccia!

Sources:
http://www.palazzochigiariccia.it/english

Palazzo Chigi in Ariccia Pamphlet
http://web.tiscali.it/palazzochigiariccia/home.htm

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