Itineraries

Itineraries

Palazzo Mannasei

Palazzo Mannasei

A fascinating tradition links the history of the noble Manassei palace, located in the same street in Terni, to the Tacito family, coming - always according to this - from the Roman Interamna (today's Terni). To add to prestige to their name, in the place where the domus of Tacitus was thought to have stood in Roman times, the Manassei built some of their homes between the 1300s and 1400s, merged into a single mighty building around the 16th century. As a matter of fact, there is no evidence that proves this tradition; moreover, the archaeological finds unearthed in that area do not bear witness to the past presence of a domus. However, it is known from literary sources that Interamna was the birthplace of the emperor Marcus Claudius Tacitus. Thus it was believed that his brother Annio Floriano, -who succeeded him in 276- and the historian Cornelius Tacitus, with whom they were related, were also born in this town. Near “Porta Tre Monumenti” -today called "Spoletina"-, so called for the three cenotaphs that were found there (for a long time considered to belong to the Roman characters above-stated), in the 18th century a statue of a man in a robe without the head came to light, thought to be that of the illustrious historian. Then the missing part was added to the original body(the latter dates from the I century A.D.).The statue of the author of the "Stories" and the "Annals" is placed on the access staircase to Palazzo Manassei. This noble building, deeply renovated in the 1600s, the century to which the frescoes on the main floor attributed to Girolamo Troppa also date back, in the past has housed the town art gallery (from 1964 to 1986) and the "Briccialdi" Musical Institute. Finally it has been restored and turned into private homes.