25 January 2007

Ascoli Piceno - Palazzo dei Capitani

Palazzo dei Capitani

Over-looking Piazza del Popolo is the Palazzo dei Capitani with its bell tower. This travertine structure was the seat of government for Ascoli Piceno for many centuries and is constructed on Roman ruins that are visible in some of the ground floor display rooms. After climbing the short stone stairs you enter the interior courtyard with a view of the tower above. Climbing the staircase around the courtyard you can obtain a wonderful view of the piazza below through some of the front windows.

The front of the palazzo has a large clock and a series of statues from the 1500’s. Over the main portal is a statue of Pope Paul III and there others representing the four Virtues. The tower jutting above the piazza also has a clock and a set of bells.

This palazzo houses the information point for the province and is used regularly for exhibitions of local and visiting artists, lectures, craft shows and other events. Every week seems to bring a new event to this grand showcase for Ascoli Piceno.

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