Rojal Palace

Il Palazzo Viceregio - facciata

Il Palazzo Viceregio - facciata

When you have a walk in the historical centre of Cagliari, if you go along Via Roma and Viale  Regina Margherita and go past the Bastion of Saint Remy, you will find yourself in front of an old building: the Royal Palace, also known as the Palace of the Viceroy. It was the  house of the representative of the king who used to live here during the Aragonese, Spanish and Savoy rules. At present it is the seat of  the offices of the Prefecture and of the Province of Cagliari.

This building dates back to the 14th century and when its construction was completed, Peter IV of Aragon decided to use it as the house of the Viceroy. It has been restored many times in the course of time. In the 18th century they built the board stairway that leads to the main floor and the west façade was renovated by inserting the main portal. Between the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century it became the official residence of the royal family after they had been exiled from Turin. Since the last years of the 19th century  the Province has become the palace’s  new owner and has organized the  restoration of its interior. The Council Room was restored  in  1894 and its walls were frescoed by an artist from Perugia called Domenico Bruschi. His paintings tell the main historical events which took place in Sardinia in the past. A really beautiful one is the fresco on the ceiling which represents Sardinia taking care of the Savoy shield. For the people of Cagliari this building represents civil, administrative and judiciary power. Some of its rooms are open to the public and everyone can visit them.