Podesta’s Palace or Praetorian Palace
Well known also as Captain of Justice’s Palace or Praetorian Palace is one of the most representative ones dating back to the Medieval period of the town: it was built during the first half part of the XIII century and was chosen to be the centre of legislative and judiciary power.
Its characterizing element is the façade with many coats of arms, belonging to podestas, captains of justice and other magistrates following one upon the other to rule the town, all embedded into the wall.
The building was also used for a period as a prison: near the entrance we still can see the iron bell used to tie up the people who were pilloried and inside the Palace we can see the old cell where the prisoners used to be kept, today used as exhibition areas.
Just another peculiarity to point out: there’s a groove in the exterior wall close to the entrance and carved into the travertine, once used to insert a metal bar called “braccio massetano”, that is to say an unit of measurement Massa Marittima, as a free Municipality, had decided to use.