Palazzo Ducale is a Renaissance building in Pesaro, and is today the seat of the prefecture.
It was built by Alessandro Sforza in the mid-15th century on an original core that was owned by the Malatesta family and later completed by the Dukes of Urbino.
The façade consists of a portico of six arches supported by massive pilasters and an upper floor with five windows crowned with coats of arms, festoons and putti.
The right flank has the terminal arch of the portico in Gothic style and, on the upper floor, two large windows, similar to the front ones but without crowning.
Inside the building, the fireplace in the waiting room was made by Federico Brandani and depicts a chariot race around the Roveresche walls; the other halls are decorated with arabesques, while the bathroom dressing room is decorated with polychrome stuccoes.
Photo credit: Regione Marche