Superior Double Suite
These two suites, located on the third and fourth floors, are named after Olimpia Maidalchini, popularly known as "La Pimpaccia" (Pimpa was the name of the astute character of a comedy in vogue in Baroque Rome), which filled the Roman chronicles of the seventeenth century with its extravagant personality. Ambitious since childhood, he moved from his modest origins to the Roman patriciate, marrying Pamphilius Pamphilj, brother of the future Pope Innocent X. He dedicated his life to the aforementioned Pope who, together with the Holy Court, worked for ten years at his leisure, both to be passed into history as "La papessa". He lived together with the Pope, he ate with him, who wanted favors from him had to resort to Donna Olimpia. Regardless of the gossips, who called her a lover of the pope, throughout her life she exploited her privileged position by amassing riches with cunning, threats and subterfuges. Despite its bad reputation as a poor woman, it should be recognized the important role it played in the Pamphilj factories, so much so that the tradition wants it to manage the construction of the Innocenziano College, where we are today.
The apartments overlooking the internal courtyard are dedicated to Francesco Borromini, one of the most important and extravagant artists of the Roman Baroque. It was the architect favored by Pope Innocent X Pamphilj, who strongly wanted him to his court and entrusted him with the construction of the College in which we find ourselves today. Its architectural structures, more than the classical proportions, echo the "chimeras" (Chantelou): fantasy, esotericism, but above all a great technique, due to its Lombard formation, which also refers to medieval inspiration, make it the undisputed genius of the Baroque. But it was an unstable and misunderstood genius, so much so that the sudden lack of work and the growing fame of Bernini, his rival in the field, led him to suicide. The antagonism with Bernini relives here at Eitch, where the Fountain of the Four Rivers of the same Bernini is visible from the windows of the main facade of the Innocenziano College, on the opposite side to that of the room in which we find ourselves.