Palazzo Pretorio Di Terra Del Sole

The Praetorian Palace, a classic example of Renaissance architecture and designed by architect Simone Genga in 1574, was the seat of the General Commissioner for Tuscan Romagna and the  civil and criminal court of first instance.

A grand, harmonious, qUAdrangular building measuring 40 m per side, it is a classic example of Renaissance architecture, built in local stone, with elements of pietra serena and terracotta, on two floors.

The main floor windows are archivolte, while those on the ground floor are square, all wrapped in sandstone.

An elegant three-arched loggia with cross vaults leads from the square to the interior of the palace. The courtyard is bordered by a triporticus with two orders, Doric and Ionic, linked by a denticulated terracotta frame.

The castle was the seat of the General Commissioners for the Romagna Toscana and the Civil and Criminal Court of  first instance and still preserves a complex architectural system of ‘secret’ cells accessible by a daring double helicoid spiral staircase (clearly inspired by Leonardo da Vinci).

It is home to the Pro-Loco of Terra del Sole and the Museo dell’Uomo e dell’Ambiente (Museum of Man and the Environment).

Opening times: Yearly.

Directions: From Forlì km 9 along the SS 67. Situated in the main square of Terra del Sole.

Additional notes: The Exhibition and Ethnographic Museum can be visited, while the Medicean prisons are visitable, for study purposes only, subject to municipal authorisation.

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