The “Provincia” Palace (Palazzo della Provincia) was built between 1925 and 1928 and designed by architect Giulio Ulisse Arata from Piacenza. In the building, the Neo-Romantic style combines with some Byzantine-like elements.
The Palace was erected on the 17th century Rasponi Palace, that used to be a patrician residence. In 1886 it was converted into a hotel, then destroyed by fire in 1922 and re-built in 1926. The only evidences of the original palace are the crypt and the roof passage suspended on Via Santi, that are included in architectural structures of different eras.
Although originally intended to be the funeral chapel of the Rasponi family, the little Rasponi crypt (Cripta Rasponi) was never used for this purpose. It is the most ancient part of the complex and is divided into three spaces: the entrance, corresponding to the base of a Neo-Gothic tower from the 19th century; a room containing a stone sphere with the inscription "sic vita pendet ab alto” and another room with a small altar for religious ceremonies. The most interesting part of the crypt is the mosaic floor, originally belonging to the 6th century Church of San Severo (located in Classe). Its colourful decoration consists of ornamental patterns and animal figures (hens, ducks, geese, ram heads and snakes), depicted in spontaneous positions and brightened up by enamels.
The Roof gardens (Giardini pensili) show a nice fountain and a Neo-Gothic tower. Visitors can enter the near terrace situated on the 1839 vault from the roof passage overlooking Piazza San Francesco which used to connect Rasponi Palace to its horse stables and warehouses.
From 6th June to 7th October: every day 10am - 2pm
From 1st July to 2nd September:
From 9th October to 6th January, 2017: only Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 6pm
On days of cruises, the Crypt will be open to public from 10am to 6.30pm.
The Rasponi Crypt is closed on 24th, 25th and 31st December.
Concession (students, Disabled Helper), valid also for groups (of at least 15 people): 1€
Free admission: children (under 6 years old); journalists; disabled people; RavennAntica Friends, Italian tour guides; group leaders; soldiers; Mibact members.
Guided tour for groups: 40€
Combined ticket (Cripta Rasponi + Domus dei Tappeti di Pietra + Tamo): 7€ / 5€ (valid for concessions, groups and schoolgroups).
The highest terraces and the crypt are NOT accessible to disabled people.
The Palace is located in the car-free zone of the city centre. Bus stop 20m away for all bus routes; car park 50m away, coach park 20m away, partly accessible for wheelchairs. Close to the Basilica of S. Francesco, Dante's tomb, Quadrarco di Braccioforte and Dante Museum, St. Nicolò, Classense Library and Risorgimento Museum.
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Last modified date: 15/06/2016