In Oriolo you can visit the Palazzo Altieri, a building built during the years 1578-1585 by the will of Giorgio III Santa Croce.
The visit of the museum will allow you to know even more thoroughly the history of the country and the neighboring ones.
A picture gallery, the only one in the world, preserves the portraits of all the Popes that have succeeded it today.
The park of the palace awaits you with centuries-old trees that will accompany you on a cool walk along the avenues.
The main entrance is in the square where the parish church also stands and consists of a massive wooden door, flanked by four peperino busts that support as many marble heads, dating back to Roman times (2nd century AD).
The walls of the courtyard inside were frescoed by fantastic scenes of triumphs, made by Antonio Tempesta.
The patrimony contained in this palace, consisting of pieces of arms, busts, statues, furnishings and all kinds of objects belonging to a building inhabited for a long time, was transferred and concentrated in the Odescalchi Palace, in nearby Bracciano, by the same family Odescalchi. Noteworthy is a small theater, located on the ground floor and designed in the English manner: Vincenzo Giustiniani had in fact been the summer residence of Henry VII of England.
Inside you can see wooden boxes, first covered with drapes and useful for hosting the noble public, and a large audience which is accessed through the courtyard, reserved for all the people.
The palace was one of the many stately homes built by the Farnese in their own domains. Initially it had to have defensive characteristics as was common in the stately homes of the Lazio region between the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
Inside the sumptuous residence worked the best painters and architects of the time.
The “Orti Farnesiani” (with the same name of the family gardens on the Palatine Hill in Rome) are attached to the villa, a splendid example of a late-Renaissance garden, built through a system of terraces behind the house, perched on the hill from which the building is erected and connected by Vignola with the residence through bridges.
The Palazzo Altieri was built during the years 1578-1585 by the will of Giorgio III Santa Croce. Three families historically owned the palace: the Santa Croce from the foundation 1578 to 1604, the Orsini from 1604 to 1671, the Altieri from 1671 to 1971.
The Museum is divided into 14 rooms, the Chapel of St. Maximus by the Orsini, and the Gallery of the Popes.
In a stately home the garden could not be missing to give it the complete connotation of a patrician villa of about 8 hectares with the presence of ancient trees.