In the historic center, a few hundred meters from Piazza Maggiore and the Two Towers, there is a noble palace built in the mid-16th century to house a pope.
Pope Gregory XIII, who was previously Cardinal Ugo Boncompagni, lived and trained in the Palace and resided here until his election to the papal throne which took place on 13 May 1572 and his subsequent coronation on 25 May of the same year.
Starting from 2017, Palazzo Boncompagni has been reopened to the city for contemporary art exhibitions and private events. Once you cross the threshold, on the right, you encounter a first reception area. It is a large hall with frescoes that cover the vault and the upper part of the walls, creating a sort of sixteenth-century stage designed to impress visitors with a well-known and edifying story, as was customary at the time.
The Loggia which leads from the entrance to Vignola's spiral staircase is crowned by three arches supported by precious, finely decorated columns, beyond which you can admire a majestic magnolia.