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Palazzo Pubblico is the town hall of the City of San Marino as well as its official Government Building. The building, where official State ceremonies take place, is the seat of the Republic's main institutional and administrative bodies. The main section of the building is topped by battlements over a series of corbels. The clock tower above also features such an arrangement with battlements and corbels. The overall design is similar to the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, but on a much smaller scale.
The Historical Building In The Heart Of San Marino
The first thing to do at Palazzo Pubblico is to see its beautiful facade from the outside. White and airy, it is characterized by the presence of three large ogival openings and by the overlying crenellated clock tower. Its surface in sandstone is dotted with the coats of arms of illustrious Italian families, while above the arcades of the portico are those of the four Castles that composed the old county of the Republic: Serravalle, Fiorentino, Faetano and Montegiardino. In the middle, between two large ogival windows, a polygonal balcony from which, with a suggestive ceremony, the names of the Captains Regents elected for the semester are announced. Under the portico, where the three large entrance doors open, a marble bust, sculpted and donated by Giulio Tadolini, honor the memory of the architect, Francesco Azzurri.
Dominated by the wide stone staircase leading to the mezzanine level balcony and the upper floors, it is characterized by a sober and elegant style. The high ceiling, consisting of a polychrome wooden deck, and the decorative frieze, which runs all around, dampen the austerity of the stone walls and give unity to the environment. At the end, on the opposite wall to the entrance, the doors open from which you can access the offices of the Institutional Secretariat and the Hall of Audiences, where the Captains Regents receive important guests and, periodically, the citizens. You can access all these with your Palazzo Pubblico ticket.
It is the intermediate floor between the ground floor and the main floor, from which the balcony overlooking the atrium opens up. Near the door that leads to the room now used as a Press Room, a small wall tempera, designed by Francesco Azzurri, recalls the liberation of the Republic from the occupation of Cardinal Giulio Alberoni, Legate Pontifical in Romagna, which ended on February 5, 1740, day consecrated to Sant'Agata, which has since been elevated to the status of co-patron of the Republic. You can enter this area with Palazzo Pubblico ticket.
Continuing along the grand staircase, you will find the environment on which the Great and General Council Hall and the Council Chamber of the XII open. Between the two doors to the Great and General Council Hall it is possible to admire the ceramic triptych that originally decorated the clock tower. Created in 1894 by the Roman ceramist Guglielmo Castellani based on a design by the San Marino artist Pietro Tonnini, the triptych, severely damaged by its short exposure to atmospheric agents, was removed in 1922 from its headquarters and replaced by an identical mosaic, commissioned to a specialized company of Murano. According to tradition, the work portrays the Saints Leo, Marino and Agata, but the unusual Roman soldier's style with which Marino is presented poses some doubts about the correct reading of the painting. It is more probable that the hypothesis advanced recently identifies the saint at the center of S. Quirino, elected protector of the Republic since 1547. The hypothesis also seems to be supported by the fact that the Holy Sea is still 'present' on the facade of the Palace depicted in the beautiful bronze statue, modeled by Giulio Tadolini. It's one of the most interesting things to do at Palazzo Pubblico.
It is a small hall of representation in the sixteenth century style, whose entrance door bears the inscription: 'Animus in audiendo benignus' (Courtesy in the hearings). It houses one of the most splendid and best known images of the Holy Sea, depicted as he blesses his city holding in his hand. Traditionally attributed to Guercino, the painting has recently been recognized as the work of his pupil and collaborator Bartolomeo Gennari (1594-1661).
Intended for the carrying out of the parliamentary activities of San Marino, it hosts the stalls of the 60 councilors and the throne of the Captains Regent who preside over the assisi. It is dominated by the great mural tempera which represents the apparition of San Marino to its people, painted by Emilio Retrosi in 1894. Palazzo Pubblico ticket will give you access to this room. The Saint is depicted on the slopes of Mount Titano in the act of leaving his ideal legacy of freedom and independence to the Sammarinese; on his right are the two Captains Regent surrounded by the titans of the Titans and some armed; on his left the people and representatives of the various corporations.
How to Get Tickets?
Palazzo Pubblico tickets can be purchased at its ticket office on the day you arrive. The Palazzo Pubblico tickets are EUR 3 for adults and EUR 1.50 for groups of minimum 25 people and school groups.
How To Get Around?
Palazzo Pubblico can be explored by walking. It is easily accessible and you can walk to some of the nearby attractions: Three Towers of San Marino, Monte Titano, and Basilica del Santo Morino.
What Should I Wear?
Wear comfortable shoes for the walk around the area.
Best Time to Visit
Palazzo Pubblico tour can be done at any time of the year. It is open in January 02 – June 07 from 9 am to 5 pm, June 08 – September 13: from 8 am to 8 pm, and September 14 – December 31: from 9 am to 5 pm.
Will I Need a Guide?
How To Get There?
There are many roads throughout San Marino as well as bus and taxi services that offer a ride to Palazzo Pubblico. Check the bus line on the city's tourist website or simply take an uber / taxi from your hotel to Palazzo Pubblico.
As with all places that attract tourists, watch out for pickpockets.