The Palazzo dei Consoli, originally known as Palazzo del Popolo, together with Piazza Grande and the Palazzo del Podestà form one of the most audacious architectural complexes ever designed in the Middle Ages. Occupying a central position with regard to the four civic districts and designed by the architect, Angelo da Orvieto, this ancient seat of government bears witness to the ambitious nature of Gubbio’s political and institutional objectives at the beginning of the 14th century. Built in Gothic style, the Palazzo dominates the town from its height of more than 60 metres with its bell tower and panoramic loggia, and opens up onto the suspended square via its fan-shaped flight of steps. The interior is highly atmospheric, particularly, the barrel-vaulted Sala dell’Arengo, or Great hall, where the General Council of the People convened, the Palatine Chapel and the piano nobile, where the Consuls performed their administrative functions. This, the main floor, is embellished by frescoes, carvings and even fountains, which were one of the greatest wonders of the town, whose 14th century public aqueduct is an impressive example of hydraulic engineering. The medieval water closets in the secret passageway and the plumbing system with running water confirm the advanced level of technology already attained by the artisans of Gubbio. Since 1909 the Palazzo dei Consoli has housed the Civic Museum whose collections illustrate the history and culture of Gubbio and its community from prehistoric times to the 20th century. Of major importance are the internationally renowned Iguvine Tables, the seven sheets of bronze inscribed with the longest and most significant ritual text from Ancient Italy. They were composed at different times between the 3rd–1st centuries BCE using two different alphabets, the Etruscan and Latin scripts, and they are fundamental to our knowledge of Ancient Umbrian society, its material culture and its language. Gubbio, or Iguvium, as it was then known, was one of the most important religious centres of that society. The bronze inscriptions represent the main feature of one of the richest archaeological collections in the Region which includes exhibits dating from the Paleolithic Age up until Late Antiquity. In the Lapidario, (the epigraphic section of the Museum), the monumental celebratory and funerary inscriptions on display, together with a number of sculptures and various fragments of ornamentation and household pottery from Iguvium in the Roman period, are all of great historical value. This section is further enriched by a collection of coins dating from Ancient Umbrian Times to the present day.