Museum Complex of the Palazzo dei Priori

Piazza del Popolo,1

Tel.: 0734-217140-0734/284327 - Fax: 0734-215231


website: www.comune.fermo.it
website: www.fermomusei.it



The Palazzo dei Priori is located in the splendid Piazza del Popolo of Fermo. Built in 1296 over other pre-existent ones (a nobleman's Palace and the Church of St. Martin) and even then a municipal residence, it was restored during the first half of the 15th century and completed in 1525.

The facade has a characteristic fan-shaped form, done in the middle of the seventeenth century and in the center there is a double staircase that culminates in a lodge through which you get to the inside. Above the loggia is placed the statue of Sisto V Peretti, first bishop of Fermo done by Accursio Baldi, called Sansovino (1590).

The Art Gallery was founded in 1890 in some of the rooms of the Public Library, but the current location was established only in 1981. Inside are preserved, as well as an admirable collection of paintings by famous names, stone arte facts, costumes, coats of arms, porcelain, furniture and other valuable objects.

The Interior is spread over three floors:

-The ticket office on the ground floor, the bookshop, tourist office and room for teaching activities;

-The first floor boardrooms, still used by the town, which is now the Mayor's Office, the Hall of Portraits, the Hall of the many Coat of Arms, the boardroom, the costumes and the characteristic yellow room; always on the first floor the archaeological section "By the Villanovians Piceni" is situated, divided into three rooms, consisting of a collection detached from the Antiquarium, currently closed for restorations;

-On the second and last floor is the Art Gallery where there are several exhibition halls such as: the Andrea Boscoli hall, the Renaissance hall, the Local History room, the Hall of Gothic Art or of Gold, the Sala del Seicento or Rubens. Through the Art Gallery, you can access the beautiful Room of the Globe (1688), established by the will of Cardinal Decio Azzolino the junior, in which to place the books belonging to his private collection, and dedicated to Queen Christina of Sweden, it is an original nucleus of the Civic Library "Romolo Spezioli" of Fermo and even nowadays it preserves the most valuable part of the Ancient Library Collection. The Hall also preserves the manuscript globe dated 1713 – by the well-known mapmaker Silvestro Amanzio Moroncelli from Fermo.

Some of the most significant works preserved in the Art Gallery are: the eight tablets of the Stories of Santa Lucia di Iacobello del Fiore, the polyptych by Andrea da Bologna, The Pentecost by Giovanni Lanfranco, the Adoration of the Shepherds by Rubens and other important works of artists from the Marche including Francescuccio di Cecco Ghissi, Vittore Crivelli, Vincenzo Pagani and Giuliano Presutti.


Type: Museum Archaeological/Artistic

Services: Information, guided tours (charged), children’s learning laboratories, bookshop, conference room and concerts.

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Opening Times

Winter Opening Times from 01 September to 31May

From Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 – 13:00 / 15:30 – 18:00

Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 – 13:00 / 15:30 – 19:00

Closed on Monday

Summer Opening Times: from 01 June to 31 August

From Monday to Sunday: 10:00 – 13:00 / 16:00 – 20:00

Every Thursday of July and August evening opening from: 21:00 – 24:00

Admission Fee

3,00 € full price, 2,00 € reduced price

Cumulative Ticket (Palazzo dei Priori, Roman Cisterns, Scientific Museums of Villa Vitali) 5,50 € full price, 3,50 € reduced price

Reductions: children aged 6 to 14 years, seniors over 65 years, military, groups of more than 15 people, college students, upper secondary schools and the academies of fine arts.

Free Admission: accompanying person of groups (one ticket every 30 components), tourist guides on presentation of appropriate license, drivers of organized groups, children under 6 years of age.



Roman Cisterns

Via degli Aceti

Tel.: 0734-217140-0734/284327 Fax: 0734-215231

E-mail: fermo@sistemamuseo.it
E-mail: museidifermo@comune.fermo.it

Web: www.comune.fermo.it - www.fermomusei.it



Located below the East side of Piazza del Popolo and of the former convent of San Domenico and accessible through via degli Aceti, the Cisterns, also known as "Piscine Epuratorie", are an ancient Roman complex, dating from the 1st century. AD, in the period from 40 to 60 AD approx, probably made at the request of Cesare Ottaviano Augusto.

The Cisterns, therefore, documented the importance of the ancient Roman city of Firmum, like many other Roman relics that were found there.

Their function was to collect, store and distribute rainwater and groundwater reserves to the whole city, by means of a very sophisticated hydraulic plant. Comprised of 30 large rooms, their size covers a surface of approximately 2200 sq.mt. making it, up to now, one of the best preserved, greatest monuments of Europe.

The rooms, arranged on three rows of ten are formed by the characteristic barrel-vaulted Roman feature with large arches that support the structure, built with the typical Roman opus coementiciu e opus signinum, and coated with a waterproof plaster.

The pipes were made of lead, as well as the sewage canals and the ventilation drain wells.

Over the centuries, part of it was used as a deposit.

During the 19th century, there was an attempt to return them to their original function, but wrong calculations, led to the collection of stagnant unusable water, until, over the course of the twentieth century, the attempt succeeded: three of the thirty rooms were used for this purpose up to a few years ago.

Today they are one of the most important archaeological complexes and unique in their kind.


Type: Archaeological Complex

Services: Guided Tours in various languages.

Opening Times

The Roman Cisterns may be visited with an ‟accompanying guide. The guided tours leave from the Information Point of the Museum of Fermo, in Piazza del Popolo.

Winter Opening Times from 01 September to 31May

From Tuesdays to Fridays Guided Tours at: 10:30 – 11:30 – 12:30 – 16:00 – 17:00

Saturdays and Sundays guided tours: 10:30 – 11:30 – 12:30 – 16:00 – 17:00 – 18:00

Closed on Mondays

Summer Opening Times: from 01 June to 31 August

From Mondays to Sundays Guided Tours at: 10:30 – 11:30 – 12:30 – 16:30 – 17:30 – 18:30 – 19:30

Admission ticket

3,00 € 2,00, € reduced

Combined ticket (Palazzo dei Priori, Roman cisterns, scientific museums of Villa Vitali) 5,50 €, 3,50 € reduced

Reductions: children aged 6 to 14 years, seniors over 65 years, military, groups of more than 15 people, college students, upper secondary schools and the academies of fine arts.

Gratuity: accompanying person of groups (one ticket every 30 components), tourist guides on presentation of appropriate license, drivers of organized groups, children under 6 years of age.



Scientific Museums of Villa Vitali

Viale Trento,29

Tel.: 0734.226166 - 0734/217140 - Fax: 0734.226166

E-mail: fermo@sistemamuseo.it
E-mail: museidifermo@comune.fermo.it

website: www.comune.fermo.it
website: www.museiscientifici.it



The Scientific Museums are located at Villa Vitali, a noble villa built in 1827 at the request of the homonymous family, on the main road that leads to the town of Fermo from the sea.

It is built on three different levels and at the end of the 19th century was rearranged, and a chapel was added upon the wishes of count Barnaba Vitali frescoed with the histories of St. Francis of Paola, to recall the ancient sacral function of the place; the Villa, in fact, stands on the site of an ancient temple.

Attached to the Villa, there is a beautiful garden and behind it lies an amphitheater where cultural events take place.

The villa, purchased by the municipality of Fermo, today is home to five museums, including:

-The Museum of Natural Sciences "Tommaso Salvadori", established in 1930 as the original core of the Museum, which houses a huge ornithological collection (about 500 specimens) donated by the heirs of Salvadori;

-The Polar Museum of Ethnography "Silvio Zavatti", founded in Civitanova Marche in 1969 and acquired by the municipality of Fermo and inaugurated at the villa in 1993, it is the only Museum in Italy dedicated to the environments, the populations and the Italian Arctic Polar Research. It preserves and exhibits an extensive eskimo collection of ethnographic, historical and naturalistic artifacts, (Inuit), drawings, maps, a collection of coins and medals;

-The Hall of the "Fermo" Meteorite, which preserves the meteorite that fell in the countryside near Fermo on September 25, 1996, important for size and composition, it is still a source of important studies;

-The Pipe Museum "Nicola Rizzi", established in 2005, which contains a rich collection of 450 pipes, lighters and related materials to the the pipe. The Museum is constantly enriched by private collections;

The collection of Cameras "Alfredo Matacotta Cordella", established in 2002, which preserves a collection of photographic equipment (166 pieces of which camera bodies, lenses, exposure meters, filters, cameras and instruction booklets) and an interesting library collection on photography (173 lyrics).

Type: Scientific Museum

Services: Paid Guided Tours, conference room, exhibition rooms, learning activities, youth library, polar library, bookshop, park with typical Giardino del Viaggiatore.

Winter Opening Times from 01 September to 31May

From Monday to Friday:  09:00 – 12:30 / 15:30 – 18:30

Closed Tuesday and Thursday afternoon

Saturday: 15:30 – 18:00

Sunday and Festivities: 15:30 – 19:00

Summer Opening Times: from 01 June to 31 August

From Monday to Friday: 09:00 – 12:30 / 15:30 – 18:30

Closed Tuesday and Thursday afternoon

Saturday, Sunday and Festivities: 16:00 – 20:00

Admission Fee

2,00 € full price, 1,00 € reduced price

Cumulative Ticket (Palazzo dei Priori, Roman Cisterns Scientific Museums of Villa Vitali) 5,50 € full price, 3,50 € reduced price

Reductions: children from 6 to 14, over 65s, military, groups of over 15 people, university students, of Secondary High Schools and of the Academy of Belle Arti.

Free: group leaders (one ticket every 30), tourist guides upon presentation of licence, drivers of organised groups, children under the age of 6.



Diocesan Museum

Oratory Confraternity del Suffragio - Piazzale Girfalco,snc

Tel.: 0734.229350 - Fax: 0734.220386
Email: beniculturali@fermo.chiesacattolica.it

website: http://www.fermodiocesi.it
website: http://www.fermomusei.it



The Diocesan Museum, which opened to the public on April 16, 2004 after the restoration work, is housed on the premises of the Oratory of the extinct Confraternity of the Suffrages, alongside the Metropolitan Cathedral of which it could be considered the ideal continuation. In fact it preserves works of art from the Cathedral Treasury and others collected from churches of Fermo and throughout the Diocese, testimony of Christian Art from the palaeo-Christian era to the 20th century.

The exhibition is organized by homogeneous kinds. The room of the silverware has chalices, ostensories, ciboriums, reliquaries of refined making, including a Gothic chalice, the Pontifical service done by G. L. Valadier for Cardinal Brancadoro, a shrine in lapislazuli and the ostensory of Cardinal De Angelis.

The Hall of sacred vestments exhibits valuable pieces dating from the 17th and the 20th centuries, including some embroidered in gold and silver. The picture gallery, which occupies two halls, collects works of famous artists including Vittore Crivelli, Pomarancio, Fra Martino Angeli, Francesco Hayez and Luigi Fontana. Particular location is reserved for the ‘casula’ of Thomas Becket, one of the most ancient and refined Islamic embroideries to be handed down to us (XII cent.), and masterpieces from the Cathedral Treasury gathered in the room I: the precious pastoral in tortoiseshell, ivory and silver of Sixto V in the 16th century the missal named De Firmonibus artwork of Ugolino da Milano (1421-1436) the staurothec of Pope Pius III and the bronze ciborium, made in 1570 by brothers Lombardi-Solari.

Opening Times

Metropolitan Cathedral

July and August

Open every day 10:00-12:30/16:00-20:00


Open from Tuesday to Sunday

10:00-13:00/15:00-18:00 weekdays

10:00-13:00/15:00-19:00 festivities

Saturday 9:30-13:30/15:30-18:00

Free Admission

Guided Tour: 2,00 €


Diocesan Museum

Winter Opening Times: by request and weekends.

Summer Opening Times: From 1° July to 30 September

Open every day 10:00-13:00/16:00-20:00

Closed in the afternoon of August 15th

September Open: Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Fridays: 15:30-18:00

Saturdays: 10:00-13:00/15:30-18:00

Sundays: 10:00-13:00/15:30-19:00


Admission Fee

Full Price: 3,00 €, Reduced Price: 2:00 €, supplement guided tour: 2,00 €

Municipal Civic network Ticket: full price 7,50 €; reduced price 4,50; the ticket is valid for a week and grants access to the Museums Villa Vitali, Cisterns, Diocesan Museum., Cathedral, Oratory of S. Monica, reduction for the museums of S. Elpidio a Mare and discounts in appointed outlets.

Type: Archaeological Art

Services: Ticket Desk, Bookshop, Disabled Access.


Fermo_SMonicaSanta Monica Oratory:

Located along Corso Cavour, near the Church of S. Agostino, the Oratory was built by request of Giovanni di Guglielmo in 1423. Two centuries later the confraternity of Santa Monica settled there. Inside you can admire an extraordinary cycle of frescoes in the late Gothic style with the stories of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, to who the oratory was initially dedicated. In the vaults the Evangelists, Doctors of the Church and the Virtues are depicted.



Opening Times                  

July and August

Open: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

Thursdays: ore 17:00-20:00/21:30-23:00

Fridays: ore 17:00-20:00

Saturdays: ore 17:00-20:00

Sundays: ore 17:00-20:00

13 and 4 August: 17:00-20:00


Open: Saturdays and Sundays 17:00-20:00

Admission Fee

Free Admission. The visit to the oratory by request, outside of the set opening times, has a cost of 1,50 € per person.


The Collection of the Parish Church of S. Maria

Tel.: 0734/678533


In some places of the Church a collection of liturgical objects, votive offerings, vestments and sacred furnishings dating from the 17th and the 20th century is preserved. In a chapel of the Church is the polyptych by Vittore Crivelli representing a Madonna with Child and four saints of the 15th century.

Type: Sacred Art


Opening Times

The collection is open upon request by phoning 0734/678533


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