Palazzo Coppini is the historic seat of the Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco® – Life Beyond Tourism®
Palazzo Coppini is unquestionably of particular interest because its structural and decorative elements reflect some of the most crucial periods in the city’s history before it expanded beyond its 13th century walls in the 19th century. First of all, the medieval era can be identified by a portion of a tower house whose top was one of several “lopped off” in 1250 in accordance with a decree issued by the “Government of the First People”, its remains being subsequently incorporated into a noble residence. The palazzo was extended and restructured in the 16th century, two of the outstanding features from that period being a very beautiful helical stone staircase and an elegant fountain in a niche surmounted by a large mascherone typical of the Mannerist “Grotesque” style. The 19th century saw a further enlargement of the palazzo involving a complete overhaul of the aristocratic family living quarters and redecoration in theneo-Gothic and neo-Renaissance styles popular between the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The structure will also accommodate numerous cultural treasures: books, including over 6000 volumes written in several languages in different alphabets and a wealth of different languages, as well as artefacts that have been donated to the Fondazione by various partners around the world. Each room will be dedicated to the memory of one of the different participating Experts who have made a significant contribution to the growth of the Fondazione’s activities and to the broadening of its international connections.
This palazzo, which so perfectly reflects the history of the city’s urban fabric, is now being opened for public use and enjoyment. It has been completely restructured and now includes seven meeting and conference rooms, in addition to exhibition spaces, welcome areas and reception areas, accommodating up to a total of 150 people. This initiative is the result of over twenty years experience in international and interdisciplinary gatherings to promote dialogue between civilizations.