The palace was built around the 14th Century and was home to a very important institutional figure of the city during the Middle Ages: The Capitano del Popolo (Captain of the People). He was a very popular figure in Italy and in other towns and played an important role in representing the people. Later the building was home to another important figure in the history of Orvieto: the Mayor.
The palace today is a beautiful building which has undergone changes and upgrades in recent years. Today the building houses a fully equipped conference center and it is not open for tourist visits.