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I palazzi di Bibbiena

Ancient Palazzos in Bibbiena

The greatest buildings of this small town

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Palazzo Martellini
The Martellini family has two mansions: the first one, restored in this century, is in Piazza Roma and on its wall the family's emblem is still visible: two hammers crossed over a 15th-century portal. The second one is in Via Cappucci, where we see the Martellini coat-of-arms next to that of the Montinis, the present owners, made up of a mountain with three stars. At the palace entrance there is the only surviving fresco dating back to late 18th century. Finally, an Italian style garden located behind the mansion is worth visiting.

Palazzo Biondi
This mansion is in Via Cappucci near Palazzo Martellini. There is a characteristic, small cloister and a flight of stairs which ushers you into a series of remarkable rooms, including a beautiful salon.

Palazzo Dovizi
Cardinal Bernardo Dovizi, known as "the Bibbiena," built this mansion in 1498, creating one of the more important architectural elements of Bibbiena. It has three floors, following the Florentine Renaissance style. Its façade, once covered by plaster, today has a more rustic appearance with elements of stone and terracotta. The main door and windows have rounded arches in rusticated ashlar and end in a portico divided by architraved columns. Inside an imposing main staircase, with only one flight, leads to a sitting room preceding the Cardinal's apartment, where you find a remarkable coffered ceiling and a wonderful fireplace.

Palazzo Poltri
The main façade, looking into Via XXVIII Agosto, bears the Medici coat-of-arms, while on the side facing Piazza Poltri we can see the family's emblem. Due to many changes in ownership, the façade of Palazzo Poltri has been restored many times: the balcony, for example, is a late addition. Moreover, the entrance hall, with its sober structure and stone staircase which leads to the upper floors, is worth noting.

Palazzo Niccolini (Town Hall)

Right in the center of Via Berni, Palazzo Niccolini was built outside the Medieval city walls, in the first half of XVII century, likely in 1645. In the entranceway there are some notable ceiling paintings: two putti carrying a shield with silver chains up into the sky—an example of a painting from the Lorraine period. A wide stairway leads to the first floor where there is a big salon overlooking Via Berni. Inside you will find a fireplace, frescoed walls, smaller decorated rooms, and a chapel with a “rocaille” altar.

Bibbiena, a superb base if you’re visiting the wonderful Casentino forests, started out life as a medieval stronghold on a hill, topped with the Tarlati Tower. A walk around the town must start at the fifteenth-century Church of San Lorenzo, which contains two lovely terracotta works, a Deposition and an Adoration by Andrea della Robbia. ...