The construction of the original palace dates to the XIIIth century, but its present aspect dates to five centuries later, a timelapse during which frequent earthquakes and the unification of surrounding buildings prompted a number of building phases. The only surviving original feature is the high tower rising above the rest of the structure. The palace’s main body has two façades: the one on the northern side was realized between 1784 and 1786 by architect Pietro Ferrari; the one on the southern side, facing piazza del Comune, was designed by local architect Francesco Angelo Amadio a.k.a. “Lo Scheggino”. This side is completed by the neo-Gothic façade of Palazzo Brancaleoni, the last building to be unified to enlarge the City Hall, decorated in 1913 by Spoletan artists Giuseppe Moscatelli and Benigno Peruzzi, who also decorated much of the inner halls, restored in 2007. Here you can also see remarkable works of art that were once on display at the former Pinacoteca, i.e. a big canvas by Guercino and two detached frescoes by Renaissance painter Giovanni di Pietro a.k.a. “Lo Spagna”. The Dukes’ Hall features a ceiling adorned by idealized portraits of the most important Longobard dukes of Spoleto, while the Caput Umbriae Hall, features decorations based on the exaltation of the most prominent Spoletan citizens of all ages. The remarkable inner chapel si dedicated to Saint Pontianus.
Address: Piazza del Comune
AA.VV., L’Umbria, Manuali per il Territorio, Spoleto, Roma 1978