Palazzo Ducale - Giove

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Tourist information and welcome office
Piazza Augusto Vera - 05022 Amelia
The Castle of Giove, as currently known, is the result of restoration work begun by the Farnese family in the XVI century and continued by the dukes Ciriaco and Asdrubale Mattei, on the base of the previous medieval fortress for defensive purposes. 

The transformation from fort to the Palazzo Ducale was executed following the indications of Ippolito Scalza, architect of Orvieto. The building consists of two parts: one to the north, which is spread over six floors high and in which is the main entrance, and the other one, to the south, older. This part is characterized by three floors and a plant circular tower. 

The entrance consists of a travertine ashlar portal through which you enter a large hall decorated with Doric columns. On the right, a spiral ramp leading the carriages to the loggia of the building from which you could admire the beautiful landscape of the Tiber Valley. Then, there is a corridor under a porch leading to the apartments. To the east, the castle is characterized by the presence of a large tower, a high fortified tower, topped by a penthouse with embattled frame of ghibellino type, overhanging corbels. The third floor is characterized by luxurious rooms, whose ceilings are decorated with mythological frescoes of Bologna and Ferrara School, while the paintings are attributed to Domenico Zampieri Domenichino (1581-1641), Paolo Caliari, called Veronese (1528 -88) and Orazio Alfani (1510-83). On the fourth floor there are some rooms used as a prison, with isolation cells and a trap where the prisoners were pushed down. In the facades open 365 windows, one for each day of the year.