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The Sala dei Notari


First of all, congratulations to my fellow March Madness bloggers! We did it -- and posted some really interesting material in the process.

Isn't the photo above beautiful? From Wikipedia, it shows the Sala dei Notari, inside the Palazzo dei Priori in Perugia.

This meeting room was formerly Perugia's Council Hall and was taken over by the notaries guild in 1582.

Punctuated by eight huge arches, the hall is completely covered by frescoes painted in the late 13th century by Pietro Cavallini. They depict biblical and allegorical scenes, as well as the coat of arms of the city's various podestà up until 1499.

In fact, a coat of arms in the centre belongs to Braccio Fortebraccio da Montone. After the frescos fell into a poor state of repair, they were partially repainted in 1860.

Unfortunately, the frescos don't always look as good in person as they do in this splendid photo. That's because visitors aren't allowed into the Sala (and least, not when I have been there) but are instead kept in the entrance area. This makes it difficult to see much of the Sala.

But perhaps there's another way to get a better view (one option I recall may be a small window from the adjacent Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria.) But I had better investigate further before I return to Perugia in June!

Comments (10)

Happy Easter!

Barb Cabot:

It's a great room. Lucky for us you shared this photo. Really lovely. Congrats on completing the March Madness. You write so well and share such wonderful stories. A true joy to read your blog.


Hi Sandra, these are very beautiful. I enjoyed reading about the significance of this room and the meaning behind the frescos. I'm glad that you'll be able to do more investigating this June. :)

Thanks so much for sharing.

It IS a gorgeous photo. I hope you can figure out how to get a better view.

And yes, way to go on March Madness! It's really a lot of fun to do a blog challenge as a group. Feels good to have gotten back in the blogging groove because I had slowed down a lot and now I'm motivated again.

Happy April (and have a great Easter if I don't talk to you before).


Happy Easter to you, too, Leslie!

Hi Barb, thanks so much for your kind words. I enjoy your blog as well! Hope to hear more about your travel plans to Italy in the summer -- planning is half the fun!

Hi Kathy, I don't think I quite realized how beautiful this room really is, until I saw this closeup photo. Perhaps in June I can visit when it's brighter outside, so the sala will be better lit.

Annie, March Madness was fun, and also gave me the kick I needed to blog more (that said, I'll probably take the weekend off!)Hope you have a great Easter.

It is gorgeous. I have loved all your posts this month. They have really shown me the beauty of this area of Italy.

Congrats on making it through the month and Thanks for participating. It has been a lot of fun seeing what we post everyday.


Thanks, Marta!And congrats to you, too. I really enjoy these blogging challenges, they give me a good little motivational boost.

WOW!! That is amazing! I was going to say, "How did I ever miss seeing that?" until I read the rest of your post. Wow! There must be some way to get in. If you find out, you will have to share.

Great job posting this month. Also loved learning more about Italy.

Hi Sandra, how nice you talk about the Sala dei Notari. Did I ever tell you Ruurd and I have married there? Today it was our 14th anniversary, what a coincidence!


Congratulations, Letizia, to you and Ruurd! And what a gorgeous spot for your wedding!

Hi Girasoli -- see? You really do have to return to Umbria!

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