The Town Hall of Ravenna (Palazzo Comunale di Ravenna) looks onto the main square of the city, Piazza del Popolo. According to the most widely accepted theory, in the 13th century, the local government began to meet in a building that rose here but no longer exists. The complex now consists of two adjacent buildings joined by a vault (called Cavalcavia) opening onto Via Cairoli: the former is the ancient Palazzetto Veneziano, situated to the North of the square. It was erected by the Venetians as the seat of their governors some years after conquering the city. To the west of the square rises Palazzo del Comune (also known as Palazzo Merlato), the latter building, that was constructed between the late 17th and the 18th century on the place where the river Padenna used to flow in the Middle Ages.
Following the changes made to Piazza del Popolo, over the centuries the buildings have been repeatedly restored thus altering their internal structure.
Arcades run along the perimeter of the palaces. In particular, Palazzetto Veneziano is supported by eight granite columns topped by capitals dating back to Theodoric’s era (492-526 AD).
The passageway connecting Piazza del Popolo and Piazza XX Settembre show interesting 19th-century frescoes which depict monuments, places and eminent citizens of Ravenna, as well as floral motifs.
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Last modified date: 11/04/2019