Palazzo del Monte di Pietà

Built in the Middle Ages as a private residence, in 1479 Pope Sixtus IV decided to transform it into the Monte di Pietà, After a careful restoration process, this antique and precious building today has once again returned to showcase its wonderful Renaissance frescoes. Since 2014 it has been home to Museo della Ceramica, as part of the works exhibited in the Museo d'Arte di Palazzo Gavotti.

The Location

The Monte di Pietà: discover the history

Built in Medieval times, the building was extended after in 1479 Pope Sixtus IV transformed it into the Monte di Pietà. In the 15th century, wing of the building, frescoes by the painter Lorenzo Fasolo are still preserved, including the Angelo Annunziante, La Pietà, La Madonna Annunziata and the exquisite Madonna della Misericordia, which depicts officials from the Monte di Pietà kneeling at the feet of the Virgin Mary. During the restoration works, paintings and writing dating back to the mid-16th century were discovered under the first layer of plaster, hinting at the possibility that in that period the building housed mercenary troops in Savona.

From December 2014, the Palazzo del Monte di Pietà houses the collection from the Museo della Ceramica di Savona, which can be visited through a unique museum tour, through Palazzo Gavotti, home to the Pinacoteca Civica and the Milani/Cardazzo Collection. Click on the button below to discover more about the Pinacoteca Civica.

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An exceptional restoration

The restoration of Palazzo del Monte di Pietà, owned by the Fondazione Agostino De Mari, and its transformation into a functional building, required several years.

Through an interesting fusion of ancient and contemporary elements, a careful architectural project was undertaken to ensure a harmonious balance of the original parts from the period and new elements, opting for contemporary designs and materials, such as steel and glass.

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