The building, which has undergone extensive changes and transformations over the centuries, is known in particular for its Vasari-style grotesques. Its name is quite recent and dates back to the 1980s, when painted decorations were found on the walls of some rooms, including representations of the coat of arms of the Pignatelli family, former feudal lords of Lauro.
Pignatelli Palace currently houses the Umberto Nobile and Italian Airships Museum. Inaugurated in 1988, the Museum is divided into various sections, aimed at illustrating the expeditions of General Umberto Nobile (1885-1978), originally from Lauro and known for his transatlantic flights over the North Pole. It houses various interesting relics and documents donated to the Museum by Nobile's heirs and the Air Force, elements that contribute to enriching the rooms inside the building.
One of the historical symbols of the local community, Pignatelli Palace holds an important piece of history, linked to one of the most influential explorers of the last century.
Palazzo Pignatelli di Lauro
Piazza Umberto Nobile, 83023 Lauro AV, Italia