The Foundation’s activities allowed Ascoli Piceno’s monumental Palazzo Malaspina, of great architectural and artistic interest, to be reopened to the public.
Attributed by Baldassare Orsini to the architect Cola dell’Amatrice, the palazzo is an elegant building dating from the second half of the 16th century. It was formed by joining together 14th-century buildings with a tower, whose traces can still be seen from Via dei Malaspina. The façade is marked by two ashlar portals bearing the coats of arms of the closely associated Malaspina and Guiderocchi families. The elevation features a triple order of windows and is characterized by a unique loggia at the top, supported by columns without capitals imitating tree trunks with their branches chopped off. The rooms on the piano nobile formerly housed the municipal Gallery of Modern Graphic Art, now the Gallery of Contemporary Art, which recently moved to the Sant’Agostino Complex.
Today Palazzo Malaspina, an historic Italian home and regional headquarters of the FAI (Fund for the Italian Environment), is one of Ascoli’s most important private palazzos, which is still the residence of the Malaspina family.