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The Palace takes its name from the Savelli family who ruled Albano for about four centuries. It was initially built in the Middle Ages as a fortress along the Appian Way and over the centuries its defensive role has diminished and it has turned into a typical palace, expanding to include the ruins of Pretoria Gate and the Church of Saint Peter Apostle, where the chapel of the Savelli family was located.

With the arrival of the Apostolic Chamber, Savelli Palace maintained its role and became the seat of the Governorship. It was partly given as a residence to the Stuart family, who was a pretender to the throne of the United Kingdom and to his son Benedict, Duke of York, who was appointed as cardinal bishop of Frascati.

When the construction of the Via Appia Nuova was decided at the end of the 18th century, the palace was partially demolished and remained without gardens along the Via Appia, while it was joined to the nearby Palazzo Camerale by a small internal bridge.

Today Savelli Palace is the seat of the municipality: the hall of honour is the seat of the City Council and important exhibitions and cultural events take place on the ground floor.


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