Vecchio palace 


The Palazzo Vecchio is the seat of the ancient medieval Commune. The building was freed along with the Baptistery from the modern superstructures that had improperly unified them. On the side facing the Cathedral is the Civic Tower with the Sala dei Consoli on the ground floor. This leads to the Loggia, visible from Via Bernardo Ricci, originally opened and destined for meetings of the municipal parliament, closed in the 16th century and used until the 19th century for the meetings of the City Council.

On one wall there is a religious fresco and political symbols. Seat of the Civic Museum. On the facade facing the Baptistery an external staircase leads to the first floor where the Salone del Podestà is located. This leads to the upper floors of the recently restored Civic Tower, open to the public. On the top floor there is the "big bell" that for centuries has played and still plays, at 8 am, to announce the meetings of the City Council. From the top of the Tower there is an extraordinary view of the historic center, from the plain to the sea.

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