The Renaissance Palace of Via Romanino (Romanino's Street)


The plant of this Renaissance palace, which is regular and geometric, is not conditional by the anomalies of the context, as often happens in the country.
It stands next to the church of Saint Mary, in the urban section, which is structured on the system of orthogonal axes that probably go back to the Roman Empire.
The palace is integrated in a perfect manner, assuming the orientation and intersecting the road network; on the ground floor, it incorporates indeed the route that comes from the Saint Mary’s Square that is at the back of it.
This route, alternating subway and open tracts, is a perspective scenic spyglass, with a crossing exactly orthogonal, from which other urban directions branch out.
The ground floor has special charm and interest, both for the articulation of the spaces and the integral preservation of its component elements: porch and cellars, flooring and roofs, pillars and walls.
The upper floors however have undergone some restructuring works and also the double wooden loggia, even though probably observing the original plant, it has been recently rebuilt.
The plant has a rectangular shape and size which are exactly proportionate, derived from the module-base of the bay porch. The planimetric plant requires therefore a geometrical design, contrary to the more pragmatic solutions found in other contexts.
The porch has five cross bays; on the penultimate one, at the right, is inserted the hall, which leads in the building block the route that comes from the Saint Mary’s Square.
The cross vaults, with perfectly outlined arches that are decorated with flower at the ridges, are outside supported by pillars with smoothed corners, which have truncated pyramid bases and capitals.
Within the porch is inserted the staircase that leads to the cellars; drawn near it on the outside, there is the stone staircase that leads to the upper floors. The cobblestone paving is squared by the stringcourses that project on the floor the vaults perimeter.
On the porch, there is a fifteenth-century portal with a round arch: the ashlars and piers are accurately manufactured and decorated around the opening with a double incised line.
On the hall you can find a hanger portal, on the architrave of which are sculptured, in relief, two small heads with a synthetic and simplified shape, maybe with an apotropaic or propitiatory function.