This building is called “il palazzo delle monache” (the palace of the nuns), because of the long period in which nuns resided here, dedicating their lives to helping the local people.
Looking towards the village it can be found below Porta Perugina, in the town centre. In 2006 the building was designated as a “site of cultural interest” by the Italian Ministry of Artistic and Cultural Treasures. The building has many different architectural traits, including an internal cloister and a large garden that is enclosed by walls, one of the rare areas of green in the town centre.
The first evidence of its existence is to be found in the Gregorian land registry, where it appeared in its present conformation. The building was sold at the beginning of the 20th century, in 1903, to the family of the Marquis Misciattelli. Five years later, on 17 May 1908, the Circolo of Saint Cecilia was inaugurated and for decades it would represent the cultural centre of Paciano. From that time on it was the seat of many activities for the local teenagers, where love for music was fostered, the choir sang and the musical band rehearsed.
But another great Art was added to the Palazzo in those early years: the theatre. With the precious contribution of the painter Guglielmo Ascanio the “teatrino”, or little theatre, came into existence. The first play was performed on 17 May 1933. It continued to be active until the dawn of the new millennium. It was then gradually abandoned and eventually the roof collapsed onto the stage.
Since 2013, the building has been undergoing renovation led by a family from Paciano with the approval of the town council and the Umbrian Region, under the supervision of the Sovrintendenza ai Beni Culturali. Little by little the building is regaining its original aspect. Already the renovation on the ground floor is complete and the owners run a gift shop selling traditional and characteristic products of the area, as well as offering tourism services. The overall renovation will be completed by the summer of 2018 and will include accommodation for visitors.