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August 12, 2020

Ippolito Scalza, Architect and Sculptor from Orvieto


  • Baschi
  • Ficulle
  • Orvieto

Visiting time

  • 2 days

How to get there

  • Car required

An itinerary that explores some of the works of Ippolito Scalza, who was an important local character. An architect and sculptor from Orvieto to whom we owe the work of modernizing many buildings in Orvieto and the design of the parish churches of Ficulle and Baschi.

The church of San Nicolò located in the old part of the town, whose reconstruction (the first structure dates back to the 12th century) began in 1576 designed by Scalza who personally followed the work for about 10 years and which represents the first religious building of the Orvieto architect.

The façade of the church is linear, with an elegant bell tower that stands out. The interior has a single nave with two chapels. On the walls an array of framed pilasters, surmounted by a windowed attic. The basaltina gray stone and the plaster give a Tuscan, Brunelleschian intonation. In the chapel of the SS. Sacramento on the right, a precious triptych by Giovanni di Paolo from Siena (1440) represents the Madonna, San Nicola and another saint. Under the altar rests the body of San Longino, co-patron of the town. In 1700 a beautiful organ with 500 pipes was placed above the central door.

In the center of Ficulle the church of Santa Maria Nuova of late Mannerist style is attributed to Ippolito Scalza. Its construction characterized by a solemn and simple style, the interior has interesting paintings such as that of the Last Supper, attributed by Calderini in Roman Mannerism style.

In 2017, the 4th centenary of his death, Orvieto wanted to celebrate Ippolito Scalza (Orvieto, 1532 – 1617), Orvieto architect and sculptor who has distinguished himself for a continuous and long commitment to his city. Of his work perhaps most appreciated and important remains the sculpture of the Pietà in the Duomo of Orvieto. It must be said that it is as an architect that Scalza has transformed and modernized most of the historical center of Orvieto. Scalza devoted himself to many palaces and churches. Among these buildings the Palazzo Comunale, Palazzo Monadeschi, Palazzo Marsciano, Palazzo Clementini, the church of San Lorenzo in Vineis…