Palazzo Comunale, located on the west side of Piazza della Libertà, was home to the supreme magistrature of the Comune of Arezzo. The original facade of the building, from the 14th century, can be seen from Via Ricasoli, as the rest of the structure has undergone numerous renovations over the centuries.
In 1454, there was a first major renovation and, in 1466, the large clock was mounted on the tower. In the second half of the 16th century, a new makeover of the palace began after a design by the famous Florentine architect Alfonso Parigi, which ended in 1602. The layout of the stairs was changed and the large internal portico was built.
In 1650, the façade collapsed and some frescoes painted by Lorentino d’Andrea were lost. The reconstruction was carried out by slightly withdrawing the front of the building. In 1715, a bell dedicated to the Madonna and San Donato was placed in the tower. The last major renovation was carried out in 1930, under the supervision of Giuseppe Castellucci and Umberto Tavanti.
ART AND ARCHITECTURE
The crenellations date back to the 1930s. Palazzo Comunale, or Palazzo Cavallo, as it is often called in jargon, contains in its rooms coats of arms from various eras, precious objects and numerous works of art, mostly portraits of great Aretines.
On the ground-floor atrium, where the Tourist Center has been located, there is a 1640 fresco by the Salvi Castellucci, a pupil of Pietro da Cortona, depicting the Madonna with Child and San Donato. Going up the stairs leading to the upper floors, you can admire some interesting frescoes by local artists, such as the Madonna enthroned between San Donato and the Blessed Gregorio X, painted in 1483 by Lorentino d’Andrea, and Saint Francis receiving the stigmata, painted by his son Angelo, in the early 16th century.
The Palazzo del Comune hosts many works of art. In the Sala del Consiglio, it is worth mentioning a wonderful fifteenth-century fresco by Parri di Spinello, representing Christ on the cross between the Madonna and St. John the Evangelist. A masterpiece, even if partially ruined, is the 1525 portrait of Pietro Aretino executed by the great Venetian painter Sebastiano del Piombo. The Hall of Weddings contains two beautiful sixteenth-century paintings by Giorgio Vasari and a fresco made in 1610 by Teofilo Torri, describing some exciting moments of the history of Arezzo.
From the top floor, you can access the tower, from which you can enjoy a picturesque view of the historic center of the city.
HOW TO GET THERE
The nearest bus station is Via Ricasoli, only 30 meters away, that can be reached with the bus CS2. If you prefer to find the palace on foot, use the map below.