Fauzone of Germagnano Palace


The prestigious Palazzo Fauzone di Germagnano is one of the finest and oldest buildings of Mondovì. It was built in the beginning of the 13th century as a nobleman’s residence. The Gothic sandstone arches of the wide portico, however, date from the 1300s, as do the rooms beneath the square, excavated out of the tufa hillside. The Fauzone family, one of the noblest families in the city, and in Piedmont during the rule of the House of Savoy, bought various sections of the palace in the 18th century and unified the façade and internal spaces. Thus, the building that we know today was created with its sober, elegant baroque façade. The palazzo played an important role over the next two centuries: in 1809, as home to the city’s mayor, it gave accommodation to Pope Pius VII for two days during his journey to Savona as Napoleon’s prisoner. At the end of the 19th century it was the Mondovì police headquarters. The building’s interior has decorations from varying periods and houses the Ceramics Museum; the museum’s 17 rooms display over 600 ceramic pieces which come from the collection of the museum’s founder, creator and promotor, Marco Levi (1910-2001).

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