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Museum of Geology and Palaeontology – The scene of the crime

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Palazzo Cavalli, which currently houses the Museum of Geology and Palaeontology, was the site of a heinous crime. On 22 December 1585, Vittoria Accoramboni, a noblewoman of the Roman aristocracy known to the chronicles of the time for her turbulent affair of passion, was murdered in these rooms. Married at seventeen to Francesco Peretti, nephew of Pope Sixtus V, she fell madly in love with Duke Paolo Giordano I Orsini, one of the most powerful men in Rome. The two of them decided to kill their respective spouses and to try, though hindered by everyone, to marry. But the duke died shortly afterwards, poisoned, and leaving part of his inheritance to Vittoria condemned her to death. Her relatives had her and her brother killed by two assassins in this very palace.

Museum of Geology and Palaeontology – The scene of the crime

Via Giacomo Matteotti, 3250, 35137 Padova PD, Italy

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