In our continuing effort to explore interesting places that are not necessarily on the high tourist attractions list, we discovered the Museo Napoleonico on the opposite side of the Tiber river near Castile St. Angelo. Carlotta Bonaparte, niece of the emperor Napoleon I (her father was Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother to the emperor) lived in this home after marrying a Roman prince, Mario Gabrielli. In 1927, her son Giuseppe Primoli , from Carlotta's second husband Count Pietro Primoli, gave the first floor rooms of the palace , along with the collection of works of art, Napoleonic memorabilia, and family heirlooms to the city of Rome as a means to "...recount (the family's) private history and celebrate the close relationship between the Bonapartes and the city of Rome" (quoted from the museum's brochure).
Ground floor room right off of the main entrance.
Divan from the Napoleonic era
Each of the rooms was dedicated to different family members. The centerpiece on the small table was part of a larger center piece made in the form of a temple.
Carlotta Bonaparte's mother, Julie Clary
The main sitting room of the first floor. The very bright light in the top center of the picture is from a large elegant crystal chandelier.