Piazza IV Novembre Bracciano

Piazza IV Novembre is the main square of Bracciano. It is framed by several historical buildings, one of which is the Palazzo Comunale (City Hall). The square is graced by a, rather badly maintained, central fountain and a war memorial. The east side offers a beautiful view of the castle and the Santa Maria Novella Church. Locals often refer to the square as Piazza del Comune.

Piazza IV Novembre Bracciano

Attractions

Palazzo Comunale

Address: Piazza IV Novembre, 6.

Chiesa della Visitazione

Address: Via XX Settembre, 13. Opening hours: From 08:00 till 08:30 (for mass). Closed: Saturdays and Sundays.

History

Piazza IV Novembre Bracciano
Piazza IV Novembre

The original name of the square was Piazza Aje. The name was changed to the present one in 1921. November 4 is an important date in Italy, since on that date in 1918 the armistice with Austria, marking the end of World War I, came into effect.

What to see

Palazzo Comunale

North side of Bracciano's main square.
North side of the Piazza IV Novembre, with the Palazzo Comunale in the middle.

The central building on the north side of the square is the Palazzo Comunale. Construction of this Town Hall was commissioned by Livio Odescalchi. It was constructed between 1619 and 1635.

Monumento ai Caduti

Monumento ai Caduti Bracciano
Monument for the victims of the two World wars.

On the west side of the square, you can see the Monument to the Fallen (Monumento ai Caduti), with the names of soldiers from Bracciano who were killed in World Wars I and II.

Chiesa della Visitazione

Chiesa della Visitazione Bracciano
Chiesa della Visitazione

The church behind the monument is the Chiesa della Visitazione. The Orsini family paid for part of its construction, which was finished in 1669. The church was part of a convent run by the Order of the Poor Clares. The architect was Orazio Turriani. The convent was abandoned in the early 19th century, after Napoleon had abolished religious orders. In 1834, the Augustian established themselves here, but their order was also abolished after the Italian Unification. The church was reopened in the early 20th century, while the convent is being used for other purposes. Hardly anything is left of the original decorations.

Fontana del Comune

Fontana del Comune Bracciano
Fontana del Comune

The central fountain in the Piazza IV Novembre is simply called Fontana del Comune. It was commissioned by the Odescalchi and built between 1741 and 1743. The architect was Mario Asprucci. It is flanked by two small flower-beds, which are better maintained than the fountain itself. This is partly a result of a restoration with an inferior quality of marble in 1934.

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