Peloso Cepolla Palace in Albenga
piazza San Michele 12 - 17031 Albenga (SV)
Telefono: 0182 56 21
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Palazzo Peloso Cepolla is a typical Medieval noble home positioned in the heart of the historical centre of Albenga, the place that probably shows Roman urbanistics at best.  In spite of growing over time and absorbing the nearby buildings on one side, it maintains interesting Gothic architectural elements.

The intervention, part of the Development of the natural and cultural resources of Liguria project (Level 4 of the ROP ERDF 2007-2013), aims at carrying out all those works that allow the building, currently the premises of the Roman Naval Museum, to be used in a better way. The electrical systems will be brought in line with current standards, an anti-intrusion and fire detection / extinguishing system will be installed, and suitable entrances for the disabled will be created.

A little bit of history

Palazzo Peloso Cepolla is the headquarters of the Roman Naval Museum. It is a perfect example of a noble home of Albenga. Just like the other buildings from the 16th-17th centuries in the city, it developed from a nucleus of Medieval houses.

The frescoed hall from the early 17th century is the most notable room in the place, with its hunting scenes and Flemish entrefenetres tapestries. A slate fireplace and doorway, frescoes with a mythological theme from the 18th century and niches with marble busts from the Roman period decorate the room.

The Municipality of Albenga inherited the villa from Agostino Niccolari in 1947, upon the condition that it would become the premises of the Sezione Ingauna (Ingauna Section) of the Istituto Internazionale di Studi Liguri (International Institute of Ligurian Studies).

The intervention

The intervention will include bringing the electric systems in line with current standard; there will be safety lights, an anti-intrusion system and fire detection and extinguishing system. The domestic water system will also need to be completed, with toilets for visitors and the disabled, and a new heater installed. A hydraulic lift will be put to work with an external ramp for the disabled.
The necessary construction work will be carried out in a better way than as occurred during the brief restoration of the 1960s, the plasterwork will be remade and recovered, and the flooring restored.

As it is a monumental landmark and of extraordinary historical importance, all the intervention material and techniques will respect the building and will be agreed upon with the relative authorities. Preservation and restoration will be carried out to remove all the deterioration, with specific work to restore the original conditions.


Palazzo Peloso Cepolla is located in the square near the Cathedral, where the Old Municipal Building, the visitable Torre Civica (Civil Tower), a visitable archaeological area, and the Early Christian Baptistry are also located. Just a short distance away is the Public Library with its prestigious collection of old volumes.
About 100 metres away is Palazzo Oddo, recently renovated by the Municipality, where the Museo del Vetro (Glass Museum), which is currently being prepared, will be relocated.
The area has tourist welcoming services that are being developed, considering the great potential given by Villanova Airport, Garlenda Gulf and the Villanova Hippodrome.


The first floor of the Villa holds the Roman Naval Museum. Divided into several rooms, the hall contains the remains of a Roman ship from the 1st century BC, loaded mostly with amphorae of wine. The display holds pottery, tools, and wooden pieces from the ship, portions of bronze helmets and a lead horn. Photos from the period show the phases of the first excavation work on the ship, which marked the birth of underwater archaeology in Italy.

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