The History

Discover the history of our historic residence in the centre of Rome. The history of this House, where we welcome you, begins with the Knight Italo Signorini, that at the end of the nineteenth century left the Veneto and after some years in Africa in the early 1900s came to Rome and bought the building in Via Veneto that became immediately after the Grand Hotel Flora, still existing today.
At the beginning of the 1920s, with the Hotel Flora in full activity, he decided to build the palace where now stands "Relais Donna Lucrezia", which was left as a legacy to his seven sons. At the end of the forties the nephew of Italo Signorini, Francesca, married  the Count Moroni, cavalry officer and horse riding champion, descendant of an ancient and noble family of Bergamo. This family has its origins at Albino, a small town of Bergamo Valleys, which was also the birthplace of the painter Giovanni Battista Moroni, that lived in the middle of the sixteenth century.
The Tailor National Gallery - London
Giovanni Battista Moroni, born in Albino around 1522, after its formation in the Bottega del Moretto in Brescia, dedicates himself to portray influential people of his time and religious subjects. He was present in Trento during the Council in 1551, where he realized in addition to the altarpiece of the Cathedral, the portraits of the Bishops Conti Madruzzo, today kept at the Washington National Gallery. The Paintings of Moroni are today present in the most important museums in the world and this is the reason why we decided to have in each room a reproduction of the portraits of the famous painter.
Cardinal Gian Girolamo Albani
Palazzo Moroni Bergamo
The family of the Counts Moroni, whose documented origins date back to 1300, sees the beginning of his fortune with Battistino Moroni, "the merchant of cloths".  Around the middle of the sixteenth century, the family moved to Bergamo, where in 1636 Francesco Moroni and his wife Lucrezia begin the construction, lasted thirty years, of the Palazzo, a masterpiece of baroque art and owned by the family still today. In early 1800s the Count Alessandro Moroni transformed an old country house in the current Villa Moroni of Stezzano, in neoclassical style. During the centuries the family increased their fortunes by dedicating themselves to the cultivation of the mulberry tree and the breeding of silkworms: in fact in the family coat of arms that you can admire over the chimney in the dining room, there is a mulberry tree represented in it.
Today the descendants of the family still dedicate themselves to agricultural activity in their Farm in Sabina, around 40 km from Rome, where they produce cheese, salami, extra virgin olive oil and eggs that you will find on your breakfast table every morning. You will also be able to purchase them to have a memory of us, once back at home.
In Rome we encounter traces of a magnificence and a destruction that are both beyond our comprehension.

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