Located only a few footsteps from Piazza Farnese, Palazzo Spada-Capodiferro shows one of the most amazing facades of the Roman Renaissance: a long and impressive sequence of stucco sculptures representing Roman heros and emperors decorates the exterior of the building, while a refined mythological decoration enriches the elegant inner courtyard. At the first floor, the four rooms of the Galleria Spada host the famous collection of paintings created by cardinals Bernardino and Fabrizio Spada along the 17th century.
In the timeless atmosphere of a Roman baroque "quadreria", welcomed by the Spada family portraits, you can admire masterpieces by Guido Reni and Guercino, Orazio e Artemisia Gentileschi, Titian, Parmigianino and Jan Brueghel the Elder, as well as a remarkable collection of the main European Caravaggesque artists, such as Valentin de Boulogne, Trophime Bigot, Pieter van Laer and Hendrick van Somer.
Furthermore, the Galleria Spada still shows its antique furniture, consisting in some rare stools dating early 17th century and in a series of magnificent baroque consoles-tables, where the cardinals' archeological collection is displayed. The visit ends in the Giardino Segreto (secret garden), where architect Francesco Borromini built in 1653, for cardinal Bernardino, the Colonnata, or Perspective Gallery, one of the highpoints of baroque illusionism and a significant moral admonition to whom who trusts too much in the wordly appearences.