MuseumMuseo di Palazzo Orsini

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About the museum

The immense bulk of the palace-fortress of the Orsini Counts characterizes the fascinating environmental paintings of Pitigliano, the city of tuff, Little Jerusalem. Begun to build in the XII century as a fortress by the Aldobrandeschi Counts of Sovana, in 1313 it passed to the Orsini family for the wedding of Anastasia, daughter of Margherita Aldobrandeschi, with Romano and became the residence of the noble family. New expansion works were carried out in 1465, on the occasion of the marriage between Niccolò III Orsini with Elena dei Conti di Montelanico, while in 1520 the defensive structures were renewed to adapt them to the new firearms, on a project by the famous architect Antonio da Sangallo the Younger . The palace then follows the events of the Orsini County, given in exchange to the Grand Dukes of Tuscany in 1604 and in 1737 it passes from the Medici to the Lorraines, who modify its internal spaces. The new Grand Dukes ceded it to the Bishop of Sovana in 1793 to become his residence and seat of the Episcopal Curia. Today it houses the Museum of Palazzo Orsini with 21 rooms that can be visited and recently restored, as well as the Diocesan Historical Archive and the Bishop's Curia.

The austere external architecture, with the high tower of the formwork animated by battlements and protruding apparatus, envelops an elegant internal square, heralded by the rusticated entrance door surmounted by the airy loggia of Sangallo. The square is animated by external stairs, by a classic portico, with Ionic columns, by fifteenth-century windows and by a hexagonal travertine well, decorated with large coats of arms of the County of Pitigliano and of Count Niccolò III and flanked by two columns in style Corinthian joined by a classic architrave. Particularly elegant is the portal of the palace, entrance to the museum, in richly carved travertine at the end of the fifteenth century with festoons and an emblem praising the military loyalty of Nicholas III, called in 1495 by Venice as Governor in the field of the Serenissima militias: two hands they tightly hold a pointed mastiff collar and the motto "Prius mori quam fallere".

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  • Palazzo Orsini, Via Cavour, Pitigliano, Unione di Comuni Montani Colline del Fiora, Grosseto, Tuscany, 58017, Italy
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