Palazzo Corsini first found notoriety as the home of Queen Christina of Sweden, who moved to Rome when she abdicated the Swedish throne after converting to Catholicism. Her most famous epithet is “Queen without a realm, Christian without a faith, and a woman without shame.” This stemmed from her open bisexuality, which in the 17th century was frowned upon—at least publicly. Several other big names stayed in this beautiful palace, including Michelangelo as well as Napoleon’s mother, Letizia. Today, one wing houses a somewhat attractive museum with a Caravaggio worth note, “St. John the Baptist” (1606), and panels by Luca Giordano, Fra’ Angelico, and Poussin, but otherwise the palace history and legend are more interesting than the museum itself.
- Frommer's Staff