People’s Captain Palace

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Piazza Cacciatori del Tevere
Montopoli di Sabina (RI)
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In the Piazza dei Cacciatori del Tevere (Lit. Tiber Hunters’ Square) in Montopoli di Sabina, there is a beautiful fifteenth-century palace; the so called Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo (Lit: People’s Captain Palace), previously an hospital and now a secondary school.

The magnificent Palazzo del Capitano del Popolo has been called “home” by a prominent figure in 1400- also mentioned by Alessandro Manzoni in his Count of Carmagnola – the mercenary Captain Jacopo Piccinino nicknamed Braccio Fortebraccio (kind of Arm Strongarm).

Hired with his soldiers by John I of Anjou, Piccinino fought against Ferdinand I of Aragon for the Kingdom of Naples, and then against the Pope Pius II Piccolomini who protected the Aragona family. In 1461, Jacopo Piccinino, defeated near  Poggio Nativo, took refuge in Montopoli and in the Capitaneus Palace managed to reorganize its army; then “nor received or coused damage, he gave up”.

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Posted: 21 April 2016

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