This institution was commissioned by Pope Paul III in order to defend private citizens from usury. The building was supplied ... More
Palazzo del Monte di Pietà
This institution was commissioned by Pope Paul III in order to defend private citizens from usury. The building was supplied for this purpose in 1603, and the institution moved there from its previous offices in Via dei Coronari. Refurbishment was performed by Carlo Maderno who also built the chapel. The façade of the building includes, between the two portals, a fountain bearing the emblem of Pope Paul V while, between the first floor windows, there is a niche containing a Pietà with, on each side, the emblems of Paul III and Clement VIII. The chapel is beautiful and worth a visit. Oval in shape, it is lined with green and dark yellow marble, while the niches present bas-relief work in white marble. On the altar there is a bas-relief by Domenico Guidi depicting the Pietà: clearly the sculptor was greatly inspired by the more famous Pietà by Michelangelo, done in 1499.
This impressive building is directly opposite the Basilica di San Petronio . It was built from 1485 using the designs
of Aristotele Fioravanti. It is on the site of what was previously the palatium vetus, the old city government ...
During the Middle Ages, Piazza del Popolo formed the main entrance to the city for pilgrims and travelers arriving on
the Via Flaminia (from the north). It was only when Pope Sixtus V placed the Egyptian obelisk of Ramses ...
This building was designed by the local architect G.B. Magnani in 1623 and completed in 1673. The building is reminiscent
in its style of the late Renaissance building of Palazzo Farnese of Piacenza. The Advisory Room (Sala Consiliare) was ...