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Monumenti&Musei: The city centre

Palazzo della Rovere

Francesco Maria II Della Rovere (1549-1631) ordered the construction of this palace back in the 17th century. It is today the city hall.

Palazzo della Rovere

Just as the nearby Palazzo Mediceo, the palace was built as a residence for the Della Rovere family who took control over the city, the area and the entire Dukedom of Urbino after having defeated the Malatestas.
It is the first noble palace visitors see when they enter town from the main gate.

The elegant 6th century façade is decorated with sandstone crown moulding all along the double line of windows and features a studded door. Windows are topped by pediments, in typical Tuscan style, just like the eaves of the roof, a unique feature in San Leo’s mansions. The main room is characterised by a groined ceiling based on corbels. Corbels are decorated with drawings depicting an oak tree, the symbol of the Della Roveres. The room features a huge stone fireplace with the same sandstone crown moulding we can admire on the palace’s façade. Very likely, it was originally conceived to be the mansion’s main door and for some reason it was later turned into a fireplace.
Francesco Maria II’s Coat of arms, which stood out the palace’s main door, is today part of the masonry of a building, two streets away from there, in Via Montefeltro.
Visiting time: see the office opening time.