The Museo Civico and the Pinacotheque of Todi take up the top floor of the interconnected Palazzo Podestà and Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo. The most interesting part of the exhibition is the Ceramics room.
Museo Civico & Pinacotheque Todi
Address: Piazza del Popolo, 29/30 – Todi. Phone: +39 075 8956227. Opening times: Fridays from 10:00 till 13:00; Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 till 13:00 and from 15:00 till 18:00. Ticket price: 4 Euros; students 15-25 and 60+, 3 Euros; children age 6-14, 2,50 Euros.
History and description
The Museo Civico is divided into four sections, plus a Pinacotheque. The four sections are Archaeological, Numismatic, Textile and Ceramics. The room where the Ceramics collection is shown, is an attraction by itself.
This room was decorated in several stages. The portraits of Todi’s notables and the fresco depicting the town and the countryside around it, were painted in the 17th century by the loca artist Pier Paolo Sensini.
Later paintings show the legend of the founding of Todi and Emperor Trajan entering into the city. The artist was Ignazio Mei, and it took him from 1719 tot 1721 to finish the work.
The Archaeological Section includes household objects and female jewelry. There are also some votive bronzes and Attic ceramics. Architectural elements include antefixes with female heads.
The Numismatic section consists of almost 1500 coins, ranging from the pre-Roman and Greek periods to medieval and even modern times. There are also 130 items from the local mint.
The Textiles section also includes artifacts from various eras. The textiles themselves are mostly sacred and of high quality materials.
The Ceramics section highlights pottery and covers a period between the 8th and the 18th century. The, mostly household, items on display were made in various places.
A highlight in the collection of the Pinacotheque is the “Coronation of the Virgin” by Lo Spagna.
One section of his part of the museum is dedicated to the works of the Romagnolo Ferraù Fenzoni, aka Faenzone (1562 – 1645).