Palazzo Malvezzi - de' Medici

The palace, seat of the Provincial administration, called "Palace of the dark arcade" derives its name from the typical dimness of its arcades. Its building is due to the Malvezzi, an illustrious family present in town since the 12th century, actively participating in the town's political life, with important posts supporting the Guelph party and later the Bentivoglio's. In 1488, however, the Malvezzi took part in the conspiracy against the Bentivoglio, hatched by the Marescotti and were thus banished from town, after being deprived of their property.