Palazzo dei Vicari
From the 15th century on, Scarperia, the “ New Land ”, was the Vicar's residence and, therefore, housed the offices that administered Civil Service and Justice for the Florentine Republic in that vast part of Mugello.
The Medici family, whose policy was to maintain progressive control of the Republican Magistrature, was particularly interested in holding the office and appointing members of loyal families as Viceroys. The members of these families took turns running the office throughout the 15th century.
The Palace is a 14th century structure that has undergone numerous transformations and renovations throughout the centuries. The façade, which is decorated with the coats of arms of the members of the Medici family who held office here throughout the ages, bears witness to the unlimited power of the Medici.
The building is composed of a massive elongated central body with a display of projections - which, on the part overlooking the square, are the result of modern renovations - and a sloping base.
On the same square that holds the Palace we find: the Madonna di Piazza Oratory, in which the Viceroy was proclaimed with great ceremony, and the Rectory of St. Jacopo and St. Filippo.
Summer opening time: from June 1st to September 30thfrom Wednesday to Friday 10am-
Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10am-1pm and 3:30pm-7.30pm
Winter opening time: from October 1st and May 31st
from Wednesday to Friday 10am-
Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10am-
Closed on Monday, Tuesday and on Christams day.
Guided visit in Palazzo dei Vicari on Sunday and holidays.
Guided tour to the noble rooms of the Palace, to the tower, to the merlons and the ancient historical archives.
Booking required, max. 10 people.