Viterbo. Alessandri palace

Alessandri palace - Palazzo degli Alessandri is one of the most beautiful medieval palaces in Viterbo and in Italy and is located in the center of the Pellegrino District, the heart of ancient Viterbo. With its movements and its stairs and arches it recalls a painting by Escher and the eye moves continuously from one decorative element to another without stopping, covering the whole square.

The building dates back to the 13th century, one of the periods of greatest wealth when the city hosted the papacy with all its court. The three-storey building and the nearby tower owe their name to the powerful Guelph family of the Alessandri. The tower attached to the palace had a defensive function as the Pellegrino district was located outside the circuit of the first surrounding walls of Viterbo.

The palace had to be destroyed and it was only thanks to a bull of Pope Innocent IV of 1252 that he wrote not to destroy this palace for its high artistic value.

Due to its artistic and historical character, the building hosts various events throughout the year.


Written by:
Claudia Bettiol

Engineeer, futurist, joint founder of Energitismo and founder of Discoverplaces. Consultant for the development and promotion of the Touristic Development of Territories specialising in...

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