Municipal Palace

Municipal Palace

The building’s structure of the Municipal Palace of Nepi

When stepping into the main square one is immediately struck by the great dimensions of the Municipal Palace. The building’s façade had been well preserved by time, and stands out for its lines of great beauty. The construction is ascribed to the initiative of the Duke Pier Luigi Farnese.

The project was entrusted to the architect Antonio da Sangallo “the young”, together with the renovation works to be carried out on the Fortress. This first design plan structured the building on two levels: the ground level slightly raised above the square and the noble floor.

The side of the ground level overlooking the square presents a portico covered by a cross-vaulted ceiling. There are then two entrance doorways, the one on the left leading into a great hall designated for the City Council. This wide space covers the dimensions of the entire floor, and extends upward reaching the first floor.

Then from the door on the right-hand side, one can access the chancellery rooms, whereas the noble floor is subdivided into different and smaller spaces. A small tower, with its bell and clock, was also built at the centre of the building’s façade.

Facciata del Palazzo Comunale di Nepi
Fontana del Palazzo Comunale
Dettagli del Palazzo Comunale
Orologio del Palazzo Comunale

The building today

Following the departure of the Farnese Duke, many of the previously commissioned constructions underwent a slowdown in the works, and some were even abandoned. The Municipal Palace was finally completed only in 1744, by the hand of the architect Michele Locatelli.

In that same period, the fountain was also built, a beautiful work by Filippo Barigioni, commissioned so as to celebrate the inauguration of the Aqueduct. The building’s façade, designed by Locatelli, rests upon a portico dated to the 16th century.

The structure is composed of one first floor, which presents a succession of four aedicule-like windows, and another great central one. The second floor instead, features oval shaped windows, each decorated with a small stucco shell. Lastly, the architect built the clock room supporting the bell tower.

 

The purposes of the Palace

Throughout the following centuries, the Municipal Palace was altered several times according to the different purposes which gradually presented themselves. During the 19th century the building housed both the magistrate’s court seat and the Notarial archives.

At first the council meetings took place on the ground level, within the so-called “Noble Hall”. The room today known as the Council Hall, placed on the first floor, had originally been conceived of as both the town theatre and the ball room, whereas the adjacent spaces had residential purposes.

During the first half of the 19th century, the Noble Hall on the ground level, was frescoed by Domenico Torti and Ludovico De Mauro, with scenes illustrating the history of the town and various portraits of renowned citizens. At present the Town hall building houses the headquarters of the Municipality of Nepi.

 

Would you like to visit the town of Nepi? The Municipal Palace is a must among the monuments you can include in your visit throughout the Agro Falisco!

Where is the Municipal Palace of Nepi

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