Palazzo Pretorio

Palazzo Pretorio, Massa Marittima: Address, Palazzo Pretorio Reviews: 4/5

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mjrg59
Iowa City, IA1,113 contributions
Beautiful building
May 2016 • Couples
Across from the cathedral on the central piazza lies this lovely building which houses the archealogical museum.
Written 24 May 2016
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Brun066
Florence, Italy10,180 contributions
The "Podestà", the ruler of the medieval Italian towns
Jul 2015 • Couples
Tourists not experts in history who visit Massa Marittima and in particular the central square (Piazza Garibaldi), can become disoriented in seeing, as well as the Duomo, two noble palaces that both refer to the civil power: The "Palazzo comunale" (Town Hall") and the "Palazzo Pretorio" (or "Palazzo del Podesta").
But this disorientation can easily change into its opposite, into a better understanding of the processes that govern the Italian medieval towns.
In fact, the "Palazzo Comunale" is the seat of the Legislative Assembly (usually called "Consiglio" - i.e. Council), the "Palazzo del Podesta" is the seat of executive power.
The "Podestà" in fact is the official who takes care of law enforcement. Typically he is a foreigner and has a mid- or short-term task, because these rules are supposed to guarantee his strangeness from opposing local interests, thus a better impartiality.
Even in Massa, as in many other cases, the Podestà who succeeded each other left their own coat of arms in stone on the Palace's facade.
In "Palazzo Pretorio" for long periods have also been housed judges and police authorities. This explains the jail that is located in the palace, and which now is part of the path of the Archaeological Museum housed here.
Apart from the museum, the building itself is so worthy of the highest consideration.
Written 15 July 2015
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