The Palazzo Pubblico (Public Palace) is the town hall of the City of San Marino as well as its official Government Building. The building, where official State ceremonies take place, is the seat of the Republic's main institutional and administrative bodies: the Captains Regent, the Grand and General Council, the Council of XII, and the Congress of State.

The main section of the building is topped by battlements over a series of corbels. The clock tower above also features such an arrangement with battlements and corbels. The overall design is similar to the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, but on a much smaller scale.

Located on the site of an ancient building called the Domus Magna Comunis, the current building was designed by the Roman architect Francesco Azzurri and was built between 1884 and 1894. After a hundred years of existence, it was becoming unsafe in today's standards, so a complex restoration project was undergone. The intervention was completed by the internationally renowned architect Gae Aulenti on 30 September 1996.



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Founded: 1884-1894
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in San Marino


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Mary Podnachitana (4 months ago)
the most beautiful view that I have seen in my life. excellent store prices. the best experience of Italy.
Asiyah Noemi Koso (5 months ago)
Palazzo Pubblico is a lovely building. It is located in the small but beautiful Piazza della Liberta square. The Palazzo Pubblico ( Public Palace ) building of San Marino, also known as Palazzo del Governo, is the place where the official ceremonies of the Republic of San Marino are held and is the seat of the main institutional and administrative bodies, such as the Captains Regent, the Great and General Council, the Council of the XII and the Congress of State. The rich history of this building is extremely interesting. The building stands where once stood the Domus Magna Comunis, that is the old palace, dated around the end of the fourteenth century (1380-1392). The new public building was built between 1884 and 1894 to a design by the Roman architect Francesco Azzurri, who designed it in the severe and simple style of the municipal buildings of the 13th and 14th centuries. The facade of the public building is supported by three pointed arches and is characterized by the presence of three large openings and the clock tower. On the right of the façade is a bronze statue of the founder of the Republic, the Saint Marino, built in 1894 by the sculptor Giulio Tadolini. On the clock tower is possible to see a mosaic triptych depicting the saints Leo, Agata and Marino. The interior of the Palazzo Publico is extremely richly decorated with paintings, statues, frescoes from the Atri, hall of the Council of the XII until hall of the Great and General Council.
Petter Niklasson (5 months ago)
This building is to be regarded as the essential symbol, of the classic & ancient city of San Marino. The view from the plaza in front of the building, can only be described as 'spectacular'. Since San Marino is situated on a small mountain, visibility is quite extended. The whole town looks much older than it's actual age, and is sure worth a visit. Beware the numerous tourist traps, though....
Ron Mosocco (9 months ago)
This is the Government Building for official business. The Changing of the Guard takes place during the summer months outside here on this Piazza.
Goran A. (2 years ago)
Historic building that still serves as a government seat to the city. With official ceremonies taking place within, there are guards who stand in front of the entrance doors, as it was in the past, giving the tourists quite the interesting photo opportunities.
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The Palazzo Colonna is a palatial block of buildings built in part over ruins of an old Roman Serapeum, and has belonged to the prestigious Colonna family for over twenty generations.

The first part of the palace dates from the 13th century, and tradition holds that the building hosted Dante in his visit to Rome. The first documentary mention notes that the property hosted Cardinal Giovanni and Giacomo Colonna in the 13th century. It was also home to Cardinal Oddone Colonna before he ascended to the papacy as Martin V (1417–1431).

With his passing, the palace was sacked during feuds, and the main property passed into the hands of the Della Rovere family. It returned to the Colonna family when Marcantonio I Colonna married Lucrezia Gara Franciotti Della Rovere, the niece of pope Julius II. The Colonna"s alliance to the Habsburg power, likely protected the palace from looting during the Sack of Rome (1527).

Starting with Filippo Colonna (1578–1639) many changes have refurbished and create a unitary complex around a central garden. Architects including Girolamo Rainaldi and Paolo Marucelli labored on specific projects. Only in the 17th and 18th centuries were the main facades completed. Much of this design was completed by Antonio del Grande (including the grand gallery), and Girolamo Fontana (decoration of gallery). In the 18th century, the long low facade designed by Nicola Michetti with later additions by Paolo Posi with taller corner blocks (facing Piazza Apostoli) was constructed recalls earlier structures resembling a fortification.

The main gallery (completed 1703) and the masterful Colonna art collection was acquired after 1650 by both the cardinal Girolamo I Colonna and his nephew the Connestabile Lorenzo Onofrio Colonna and includes works by Lorenzo Monaco, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Palma the Elder, Salviati, Bronzino, Tintoretto, Pietro da Cortona, Annibale Carracci (painting of The Beaneater), Guercino, Francesco Albani, Muziano and Guido Reni. Ceiling frescoes by Filippo Gherardi, Giovanni Coli, Sebastiano Ricci, and Giuseppe Bartolomeo Chiari celebrate the role of Marcantonio II Colonna in the battle of Lepanto (1571). The gallery is open to the public on Saturday mornings.

The older wing of the complex known as the Princess Isabelle"s apartments, but once housing Martin V"s library and palace, contains frescoes by Pinturicchio, Antonio Tempesta, Crescenzio Onofri, Giacinto Gimignani, and Carlo Cesi. It contains a collection of landscapes and genre scenes by painters like Gaspard Dughet, Caspar Van Wittel (Vanvitelli), and Jan Brueghel the Elder.

Along with the possessions of the Doria-Pamphilij and Pallavacini-Rospigliosi families, this is one of the largest private art collections in Rome.