In front of piazza Pietro Fontana, once a private garden and now featuring a remarkable XVIth-century fountain and some Roman findings (partly visible inside the Chemist’s), there is Palazzo Mauri, a XVIIth-century noble dwelling, that used to be the headquarters of the prestigious Accademia Spoletina. The building was the property of the noble family Mauri, that started its construction by the 1st half of the XVIIth century, at the crossing of via Brignone and via dell’Arco di Druso, in a particularly important area, close to Piazza del Mercato, the ancient Roman forum.
The palace hosts the ‘G. Carducci’ City Library, that numbers ancient books gotten through the suppression of religious congregations. The new City Library also features a Game Room and a rich Multimedia Section.
Totally renewed and restored in 2009, the building features beautiful decorations by painters Alessandro Bottoni (XVIIth cen.), Giuseppe Valeriani and Domenico Sergardi (XVIIIth cen.), known and active locally.
What was once the palace’s inner court, has been provided with a transparent covering and now hosts the Caffè Letterario, with a newspapers’ library and an Internet section, also used for concerts, meetings and conferences. In the Caffè Letterario it is possible to see an interesting VIth-century mosaic that was discovered during the restoration process, allowing for a better understanding of the city’s complex urban stratification, namely the evolution of the old Roman city centre under the Longobards.
Palazzo Mauri is encompassed by via Fiordespina Lauri; the street gets its name from a steadfast Spoletan lady who did not refrain from killing an unwanted suitor of hers. The street allows to reach viale Matteotti through vicolo delle Cantoncelle, a delightful, characteristic city corner, among old houses, arches and mighty walls sustaining splendid hanging gardens. Among these, the so-called Piperno Garden stands out, featuring a part of the old Roman boundary wall bearing an inscription that recalls the names of two persons who cured its restoration in the Ist century BC; a reproduction of this inscription is on display in the underground arrival hall of the travelator that links to the Spoletosfera parking lot.
Address: via Filippo Brignone, 14