The original structure of the house dates back to the 13th century. Built on two levels, the house had been modified by Petrarch himself, who wanted some windows to be opened on the main façade and divide the lodging into two separates units. He reserved for his family the left side of the highest floor, while the servitude lived in the right side, where the main entrance was located. During the 16th century, after the poet’s death, Paolo Valdezzocco became owner of the house and decided to build a lodge in the Renaissance style and the outdoor staircase. He also ordered to paint the walls with frescoes inspired by Petrarch’s works Il Canzoniere and Africa. The building currently houses a permanent exhibition of the poet’s works and personal items. Petrarch’s House is located in via Valleselle, 14. March-october from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 15:30 to 19:00. November-february from 9:00 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 17:30. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Petrarch’s House is closed on Monday, unless a public holiday, on Christmas Day, Dec 26th, Jan 1st and May 1st.
TICKETS: Full Price euro 4,00 – Reduced Price euro 2.00. Bookings at +39 0429 718294 – Groups and school groups should book at email@example.com.