April to December, every day: 9-12.30 and 15.30 -18. January to March, weekdays only: 9-12.30, Tuesday and Thursday also 15.30-18. Library & Archival: Monday to Friday: 14-18
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It lies in the heart of the town centre, which was once enclosed by walls. It has been the seat of political power since the Middle Ages and was first the residence of the Counts Guidi of Bagno, the local feudatories, and then the seat of the Republic of Florence, which settled there in 1454, making big changes to the building. From here, the Captain exercised the power of Florence on the communities part of the Captaincy of the Bagno valley.
The severe façade is like a page of history, which, through the arms and coats of arms left by the Captains and Vicars that followed one another in the government of the area from 1455 to 1775, witnesses a long period of domination started in 1404 and ended in 1923, when the area passed from the province of Florence to the province of Forlì. Thanks to recent restoration works, which have restored part of the original colours of the 74 stone coats of arms and the original splendour of the 16th century wooden main door, today the façade looks even more beautiful.
Today the building houses the tourist information office (IAT), the Library, the Town Historical Archive, and the Visitors Centre of the National Park of the Casentino Forests, Mount Falterona and Campigna, which contains some interesting teaching installations.
Today the rooms on the first floor are used as venue for conferences and exhibitions, while several concerts and summer filmfests are held in the courtyard.
Source: local Staff Forlì-Cesena