Palazzo del Capitano in Bagno di Romagna
Palace of the Captain in Bagno di Romagna
This is one of the most important and historically rich buildings in Bagno di Romagna. Its façade, which bears the coats of arms in stone of the Captains and Deputies who served here, is a reminder of the long domination of Florence in this part of Romagna from 1404 up until 1923 when the Municipality became part of the Province of Forlì. The palazzo has been at the heart of political power since the Middle Ages, when it was the residence of the Counts Guidi of Bagno; the Florentine government later made a number of alterations to the building to adapt it to new requirements and the coats of arms of the Captains that over time administered the territory are a clear reference to Florentine rule.
In the mid-nineteenth century, the palazzo became the town hall and then housed the barracks of the Royal Carabinieri and a district prison, while repeatedly undergoing profound alterations. The building was completely abandoned in the early 1950s and then acquired by the Town Council which undertook a series of renovations (1984, 1994). Now it houses the Library and the Historical Archives, the Tourist Information Office (IAT) and the Visitor Centre of the "National Park of the Casentino Forests, Mount Falterona and Campigna". The rooms on the first floor host regular exhibitions and conferences.
BY CAR: take the A14 motorway exit at Cesena Nord and follow the E45 road towards Rome until you reach the Bagno di Romagna exit (48 km). Coming from Rome, follow the A1 motorway to Orte and then take the E45 road to the Bagno di Romagna exit (km 265). Coming from Florence, you can choose between two alternative routes: take the motorway to Arezzo then continue along the SS 73 highway to Sansepolcro and from there take the E45 road to S. Piero in Bagno (km 150); alternatively you may take the "historical" route from Florence via Pontassieve, Consume, Bibbiena then across the Mandrioli Pass to Bagno di Romagna (km 88). BY BUS: From Cesena: daily ATR service - From Rome: weekday direct connection to and from Rome run by the SULGA bus company, departing from Fiumicino airport and the terminal at the Tiburtina station. BY TRAIN: 44 km from the railway station in Cesena, connected by the ATR public bus service. BY PLANE: 80 km from Rimini Airport, 130 km from Bologna Airport.
The palace can be visited all year round
Admission is free