The Palazzo Conestabile della Staffa is located in the center of Perugia in the Via della Prome on the Porta Sole hill. Constructed in the 17th century, the building is now the seat of the even older Biblioteca Comunale Augusta.
Palazzo Conestabile della Staffa Perugia
Address: Via della Prome – Perugia. Opening hours and entrance fee: Unknown. (At the moment the building is temporarily closed.)
History and curiosities
The Palazzo Contestabile della Staffa was built in the years 1628 and 1629.
In 1849, the palace became the residence of Princess Maria Valentini Bonaparte, whose presence elevated the building to the cultural center of the city. The princess was the niece of Napoleon and was married to the Minister of Finance of the Roman Republic of 1848.
The interior of the Palazzo Conestabile della Staffa is decorated with frescoes by Giovanni Andrea Carlone (17th century) and Felice Giani (18th century).
Today the building serves as the seat of the Biblioteca Comunale Augusta, which was founded by Prospero Podiani in 1582 and contains over 300 thousand valuable and rare works, including a collection of ancient maps.
The most important rooms are the Sala del Ratto d’Europa and the Sala di Apollo.
The palace is located next-door to the Sant’Angelo della Pace Church.