The Palazzo Orsini Diocesan Museum

Works of art, silverware and cloth from the most important local places of worship

Palazzo Orsini was built in the thirteenth century by the Aldobrandeschi family. In 1312 it became the property of Romano Orsini who decided to fortify the building by adding three circular towers connected by a perimeter wall. In 1465 the building was enlarged again to celebrate the wedding of Niccolò III Orsini. Antonio da Sangallo The Younger oversaw further fortification work in 1520. The building became the property of the Tuscan duchy in 1793 and was donated to diocese of Sovana.

The museum is home to fascinating collections of silverware, jewellery, coins, wooden sculptures, panel paintings, canvas paintings, precious cloth, stone carvings and ancient manuscripts and books. The fifteenth century ceilings and decorations of Palazzo Orsini are in excellent condition. One of the rooms in the museum was known historically as the room of the ‘Loggette’. Today, this room is home to a collection of portraits of the Orsini family and a series of paintings including a Madonna with Child by Jacopo dalla Quercia, another Madonna with Child by Guidoccio Cozzarelli, a wooden statue by Niccolò III and some paintings by Francesco Zuccarelli.

Opening hours
Tuesday – Sunday, closed on Mondays
October – March: 10am-1pm and 3pm-5pm
April – June 15th: 10am-1pm and 3pm-6pm
June 16th – July 31st and September: 10am-1pm and 3pm-7pm
August: open every day from 10am-8pm
Closed from 7th January – end of February

Entry fee

€2,50 reduced ticket
€2,00 reduced ticket for school children and children from 8-10 years old

Disabled access


Contact information
Piazza Fortezza Orsini 4
Pitigliano (Grosseto)
Telephone 0564 616074
E-mail curia@email.it
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