Built in the early 1400s, it belonged to the family of Cardinal Clemente Bontadosi from the end of the 16th to the end of the 19th century who made it his residence, distorting what had been the original structure of the building.
The market spaces on the ground floor were closed to create private rooms, including his fully frescoed and perfectly preserved study, and the central staircase was built which still retains its late Renaissance characteristics.
At the beginning of the 19th century, the palace was bought by Luigi Langeli, a Roman owner of the pharmacy that prepared Papal medicines who often went to Montefalco with his wife Gianna for short and long stays.
Not many years passed when Sign. Langeli had a heart attack in the back of his pharmacy while he was in the arms of a customer.
Devout wife and fearful Christian, Giannina found herself widowed and dishonored by betrayal.
The shame for what had happened was such that the poor woman decided to retire to Palazzo Bontadosi, locking herself in her grief in the room she once shared with her husband. No one was ever able to persuade her to leave that place, where the servants had to serve her meals and where only the priest could enter to say mass and give her communion every Sunday.
And so it was that Giannina, once she entered that room, never came out.
Various testimonies, over the course of time, tell of having seen or heard “Aunt Giannina” wandering around the Palace, or of having warned her presence in passing.
None of us have ever had the opportunity to live this experience,
therefore we only report stories that have come down to us over time, but if you want to know more, ask our staff.